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FAITH FOR TODAY: Markers

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By Jon Rohr

Did you ever drive down the road and see those historical markers?  You know, “Here in 1755, something important happened?”  Those markers are there to remind us of our heritage and our history.   They are important in reminding us who we were and also who we are.

The Israelites had markers like that.  Joshua was ordered to set one up on the shore of the Jordan as the people entered the promised land. He said, “These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:7)  Samuel set up a marker after a great victory. “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.’” (1 Sam 7:12) We read of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob building altars to remember when God was working  in their lives.

We need markers like those.  Some people write their names in concrete when building a house,and that can be a significant milestone in life.  But what about the spiritual markers in your life?  How are you going to remember those significant moments with God? 

Whenever someone trusts in Christ, I always encourage them to write the date in their Bible as a reminder.   Writing notes in your Bible may be a good way to mark significant “God events” in your life.  Some people keep journals, keeping a journal of what God is teaching you is also a good way to set markers in your life.  One way that I set markers is through the mementos from mission trips and vacations that sit in my office and serve as reminders. 

So, what are your markers?  What are the events you need to remember?  Do you remember those times when God was especially close to you?  When He delivered you from some calamity?  When He changed your life?  Maybe you haven’t established any markers in your life, it is not too late!  Start now, write down your memories, take pictures of places of significance, keep a record.  Then when your children ask you, “What do these things mean?” you can say, “Let me tell you what the Lord has done for me!”