“So that you might fear the Lord…” (Joshua 4:24)

He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever (Joshua 4:24, NLT)

This verse comes immediately following the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant out of the Jordan River, back onto dry land, and the Jordan River collapsed back on itself and again reached the flood stage. After God helped the Israelites cross the Jordan River they set up a memorial of 12 stones on the dry ground. The reason they put up this memorial was to remember what God had done and remember His power.

I’ve written previously about the fear of the Lord, and it really is an interesting thing. The NET Bible translates this word “fear” as “obey.” So what this passage seems to be saying is that this memorial has been set up to remember that God did these things previously listed so that everyone would know that God is powerful and that the Israelites might obey Him forever (or fear Him forever; be in reverence or awe of Him forever).

The implication from this passage for our lives is to remember who God is and remember His goodness. When you have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, you are a part of God’s family (John 1:12). When you are a part of God’s family, you don’t have to be afraid because God promises to never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5) and He will always be with us (Matthew 28:20)! These are encouraging words for when we are feeling lonely and afraid!

Journal, type, blog; do something so that when you feel lonely or afraid you can go there and remember what God has done in your life, who He is, and study God’s Word so you know the promises He makes for those who are His!

God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), so don’t live like He has given us a spirit of fear! Live with the courage and confidence that comes for the one who abides in Him. If apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5) then the opposite is true, that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13)!!

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