Family treasures hold deep sentiment and give us cherished memories. They bring back remembrances of those special days gone by or special occasions still cherished. They remind us of sharing an experience with someone that made an impact in our lives.
This same treasure is found among the pages of Scripture and carries the same weight. In the Old Testament, God instructed His people to “remember the Lord your God” on several occasions. And many patriarchs and ancient saints established hallmarks to assist them in remembering what God did for them.
By visiting these memorials found in its pages, we share in those experiences vicariously and receive lasting impact in our lives as well. Have you ever explored the memorials of Scripture? Let’s take a journey together down part of Scripture’s memory lane.
Purpose of Memorials
God lays out the purpose for memorials in such places as Joshua 4:21-24, which reads in part “...that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God forever.” (KJV)
Similar sentiment is found elsewhere concerning the reason for crafting memorials – whether they are stones or altars. Many of the patriarchs erected memorial monuments in the form of either stone pillars of some kind or altars. In several cases, they named these pillars, locations or altars to remind themselves of specific things God did for them.
A Brief Journey of Scripture’s Memorials
In Genesis 22, Abraham named the place on Mount Moriah where the substitute ram that represented Jesus our Substitute to come, YHVH-YIREH, as a special reminder that the LORD would see to fulfilling His promise and providing the substitute.
In Genesis 28, Jacob dreamed of the angels of God ascending and descending on the heavenly “ladder” and realized that the very presence of God was there. In response, he erected a pillar and called the place Bethel, meaning “house of God.”
Joshua chapter 4 describes the monument of 12 memorial stones taken from within the Jordan River to remind, not just the generation of Israelites who entered the Promised Land, but also their descendants to come, that the LORD fulfilled what He promised long ago and brought the faithful generation who believed His Word into the reality of His promise. These stood as a stark memento of the God who could do the “impossible” to fulfill His promise. Nothing is beyond His power or ability to accomplish.
As we remember mothers, graduates and servicemen who sacrificed for us, may we first and foremost remember the LORD our God. I encourage you to create some form of memorials that represent specific instances where you are reminded about something special that God did for you, taught you, or delivered you from.
For me, a few of mine include:
These are just a few, but represent some of my memorial stones as I think back on my life and the goodness and faithfulness of my God! Take a few moments and make your own list. Watch how it lifts your mood, builds your faith, and generates a thankful heart in your spirit.
Maybe you’d like to actually craft some form of a memorial for your mantle or bedroom shelf to physically see and thank God afresh for His goodness.
Perhaps you’d prefer to write them down in a special journal.
Perhaps you’d like to capture them in photos or a scrapbook.
Whichever way you choose, I encourage you to take some time to remember the LORD our God and thank Him for His past blessings, all the while building your faith to believe for His coming blessings to you!