Joshua 4:8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
Just before this, in Joshua 4, we read of the people of Israel passing over the river Jordan and bringing 12 memorial stones from the midst of Jordan’s riverbed. These 12 stones were to be set up as a reminder of this great victory in the Lord. Joshua wanted the people to be ready to explain it to their kids.
Joshua 4:21-22 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? (22) Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.
We may think there was just one memorial set up…the memorial of 12 stones on the other side of Jordan, but there were actually two memorials.
There was the people’s memorial in Joshua 4:8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan…and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
Then there was Joshua’s memorial in Joshua 4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.
It’s great to have collective victories, but you have to take time to remember your personal victories too!! Even if the waters of life end up covering them like the waters of Jordan would cover Joshua’s memorial, you and God know about them!
This means you can say, “Others may not always know about my breakthroughs and victories, but I know about them and most of all God knows about them and the memorial stones ‘…are there unto this day’”.
There is a special sanctity about having victories of which only you and God know and celebrate together!