Jesus told us in this world we would have problems (John 16:33). He also knew the enemy would attempt to exploit this fact by creating doubt and unbelief in our hearts; doubt that would then tempt us to seek a counterfeit solution. Forgetfulness and doubt in God's provision can manifest itself in many ways: anxiety and worry, depression, disobedience, anger and/or isolation.
How often have you found yourself worrying about a situation simply because you forgot the details of how the Lord came to your rescue before? How often have you returned to the same pattern of thinking because the pressures of this life lead to forgetfulness? Our loving Father knew we would forget...and He also knew we would forget to remind the next generation, who would possibly never know the truth of how He was our rescuer.
He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their parents, “What do these stones mean?” tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.’
– Joshua 4:21-24 (NIV)
God gave us a solution.
Doesn't He always? The key is choosing to remember His goodness in our lives. In Joshua 4, God gave the command to have twelve stones collected and placed where He'd intervened on behalf of the Israelites. The purpose was to remind the Israelites, and future generations, that it was God who came to their rescue. God is still calling us to do this and we offer a new and creative way!
God wants our praise.
Recognizing God in our lives and giving Him the praise (that He alone rightly deserves) is powerful! When we do this with a community of other believers, now you're talking about life changing, spiritual renewal on a level that is hard to describe! PraiStones was created for this very purpose - to give God praise, encourage ourselves and one another!
We serve a loving God who desires that we remember and look to Him. Our tools were designed to assist you in reflecting on His goodness and provide a way to record those divine moments when He “dried up the Jordan” for you.
Our hope is that you will use these tools to share His faithfulness with your friends, family and others, “so that all the people of the earth might know that the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”