“And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying: “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:1-7
As Christians living in this modern-day era, the miraculous accounts of God and His people is a saga that continues with us. The powerful testimonies of those who follow Jesus Christ do not end with the accounts from the Bible. Through the reading of these accounts, we have learned about the almighty God, we have a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are strengthened, encouraged, inspired, edified and rebuked. But there is more… The story did not end there. It only develops as time draws closer to the return of Jesus. Each and every one of us have a story to tell, and these stories are our testimonies. “Then I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,…” Revelation 12:10-11
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37
Though nothing is more powerful than our words, the pen is yet mightier than the sword. The written word keeps a record of our life’s journey and gives an account of God’s provision in our lives. Words lay memorial stones for us to commemorate and share with our children and our children’s children to come. They serve as reminders of God’s goodness and grace as they take us back to the places from where we’ve come and point the way to the places we are destined to go.
Words that escape from our mouth are carried away by the wind, but words that are carefully recorded are carried into eternity.