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When the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, Joshua instructed the men to construct a monument from rocks taken from the Jordan River. This monument was to remind them how God brought them into the Promised Land, and when their children asked what it was for, they were to explain to them how their God had kept His promise to bring them into a land of their own.
A notable character in this colorful story is the harlot Rahab, a citizen of the city of Jericho. Rahab helped the Israelites spies escape, securing the lives of her family members when Jericho collapsed. The conversation between Rahab and the spies is quite an interesting part of the story.
She said to them, “I know the LORD will give you this land. Your presence terrifies us. All the people in this country are deathly afraid of you. We’ve heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea in front of you when you left Egypt. We’ve also heard what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites, who ruled east of the Jordan River. We’ve heard how you destroyed them for the LORD. When we heard about it, we lost heart. There was no courage left in any of us because of you. The LORD your God is the God of heaven and earth. Joshua 2:9-11
What a proclamation of the power of God and His actions on behalf of His chosen people!
Now, here’s the question. If a book were written about your history, would it show the power of God? What memorial of your life has been established so that when your descendants ask about it, the explanation will show the power of God in your life? Will people who read your story say, ‘Wow! There really is a God, and He is awesome!’?