What is with the rocks?

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Have you experienced the “LaRue County Rocks” craze yet? It not, it is simply a hide and seek rock-painting and rock-hunting experience that thousands are following across our county. Did you know there is a time-honored, Bible-described pattern for using rocks?

Memory. Like modern day monuments, rocks were frequently set up in piles as a way to remember a particular event of God’s mighty power being put on display. Sometimes the rocks were set up as a reminder of an amazing personal encounter with God. In life, we can get so busy with our activities that we fail to slow down and remember that God is to be our number one purpose in life.

Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Warnings. Rocks were often used in heaps over those people and places who arrogantly rebelled against God. The piles were designed to warn people from following their example, to caution people against the danger of self-focus. May we place cautions and warnings in our own lives to stay away from the dangers and offense of sin.

Joshua 8:28-29 “So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins…and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day.”

Encouragement. Our God has helped us in so many ways. Salvation. Provision. Strength. Protection. Guidance. He does not leave us or abandon us. A rock can serve as a helpful tool for refocusing and reselling the glorious presence of Jesus. Let us be more intentional is pausing to thank God and be encouraged by His powerful love.

1 Samuel 7:12-13 “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Till now the LORD has helped us.’”

Worship. Uncut stones were often set up as altars to God. Their uncut nature was a reminder that God is not approached merely by human works, skills, or effort. Their natural beauty and weight was instructive of the majesty of the grandeur of our Creator God. The sacrifices placed and burned on their surfaces was a purposed focus of dedicating back to God what already belonged to Him who is worthy. May we regularly seek and worship our God from the heart!

Luke 19:40 “He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’”

Whether or not you get involved in the “LaRue County Rocks” experience, may we all be reminded by the intentional spreading and sharing of rocks, that our great God is a rock and refuge to those who seek Him. May we deepen in our love and appreciation for Him daily. May our lives shine forth and speak out the great value of our amazing Jesus!

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