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By Michelle Darbonne
April 11, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HEREto read today’s passages.
Joshua 3:1-4:24
Luke 14:7-35
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 12:27-28

Sometimes I try to imagine what it would have been like for the disciples on this bleak Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Although Jesus had alluded many times to the fact that His death wouldn’t be final, I’m not sure I would have remembered those words after the horrific events of the day before. I imagine feeling more frightened than I had ever been in my life, crushed beyond belief, hopelessness threatening to consume me. 

In agonizing times like those, it’s easy to forget what God has done. Lost in moments of pain and uncertainty, it can feel like the darkness is going to win. Through both desert and hurricane seasons of life, it’s hard to remember that God remains in control and has a plan. 

God knew that would be the case for Israel too. In our Joshua passage for today, God leads a victorious Israel over the Jordan River and into the long-awaited promised land. It’s a moment of amazing celebration - God has done the impossible! Yet the journey isn’t over. Stage 1 of God’s plan for Israel is complete, but there’s a whole new set of challenges still to come. God knows that, so He tells His people through Joshua to stop here and take a moment to build a memorial to this victory He has provided (see Joshua 4:5-7). 

When the storms come and battles wage, Israel is going to need a physical reminder of the amazing things God has done for them in the past so that they can have hope for the future. And we need that too.

I wonder how many of us are walking through a time of pain and uncertainty right now and could use a memorial - a monument to testify to what God has done in the past so that we can hold onto hope for the present and future. This bleak Saturday can feel like it’s going to go on forever, but through remembering what God has faithfully accomplished for us in the past, we can cling to the hope that Easter Sunday is coming! 

To memorize:
Restore us, O God;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.
— Psalm 80: 3