21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 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. 24 He did this so that all the 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.”
The memorial of the 12 stones was to be a memorial. It was to be a constant reminder of the day that the Israelites crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. Their children would see the stones and hear the story. This would help them learn about God. Do you have special reminders set up to help you remember what God has done for you? Write them down. Keep them in a journal. Tell them to your children. When times get tough, you can look back on those reminders to help you know that God is there for you, and the reminders will give you hope.