Faith Milestones

Our lives are filled with opportunities to trust God for miracles – big and small. Every answered prayer and miracle performed, lays a memorial stone of remembrance of thát which God has done.

My 12 year-old son faced a faith-crisis yesterday morning, when his little parrot-darling flew away without us noticing. One minute he was there, the next he was gone. Our world literally spun out of control, as we went searching, calling and praying for our little feather child.

My son’s heart was broken, and I knew that if ever he needed to see that God is real, then this was the moment. Through his tears, I encouraged him to pull himself together and have faith in God to bring Kiki back to us.

We searched until about lunch time, during which time we actually thought we heard him, but couldn’t find him. After a break and distraction with some friends, we returned to our search in the afternoon. I asked God to make Himself known to my son, so that he would experience Him as real. I knew that he needed this faith milestone desperately.

As we drove past the 4th house down our street, we heard Kiki respond to our call. After running through a neighbour’s garden, we tracked him down, sitting high up in a pine tree. The little monkey!! He was so relieved to see us.

My son managed to lure him down onto a tall branch, and straight into the cage where he happily ate some food… seeing that he got lost before breakfast!

It was the sweetest victory when Kiki was found. His little call was the most beautiful sound in all the world. The relief on my son’s face, and the confidence in His Heavenly Father’s faithfulness was the greatest prize of the day.

Now the words, ‘God hears us when we call out to Him’, have become alive to him. He relates to God through his own tangible experience… and he will never forget God’s faithfulness when he needed it most.

His first milestone has been set in place, for the rest to follow on. Every time we face the impossible, it’s vital that we look at the milestones throughout our lives, when God answered our prayers and showed Himself faithful.

God often told the Jews to build memorials that would remind them of what God had done for them. Not just for them, but also for the generations to come. Ask God what you can do to keep track and remember the miracles that He performs in your daily life. In the movie, ‘The War Room’, the prayer-warrior lady kept framed memorials of her answered prayers on her wall. It keeps our testimonies alive and keeps reminding us of God’s faithfulness.

In the desert, the Jews experienced countless acts of miracles and provision, but they continually forgot the milestones of God’s faithfulness with every new challenge. Let’s be a people who remember the goodness of our Lord, by setting up memorials that keep His acts of kindness and miracles alive for generations to come.

Preserve His faithfulness and declare His goodness in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

13 I believe that I shall lookf upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!

Exodus 12:14

14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.

Deuteronomy 8

“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every worda that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.

11 “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember theLORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20 Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

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