River stones refer to a chosen people who are a true witness to what God has done. When Israel was crossing the river Jordan, Joshua was instructed to pick twelve stones from the river and those were meant to be a witness in the promised land. This event happened after God led Israel through the wilderness for forty years in which time a whole generation of those who did not have faith perished. The people who had faith became a witness to the power of God and they are the ones who experienced his promise.
Many years later, Jesus also picked twelve men whom he ordained as apostles and these were meant to be with him so that they could be witnesses of his death and resurrection. The number twelve is significant because it represents the chosen nation of Israel. If you are a believer it means you have been chosen by Jesus Christ. You may not be a Jew on the out side, but you are one on the inside.
In Romans 2:29 the Bible says, “but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (ASV). You are a Jew and your circumcision is done on the heart. The circumcision of the heart helps to create an invisible barrier from unwanted infection of sin. A circumcised heart will discern and separate self from spiritual infections caused by sin. This is what positions a believer to be a witness because he acts and talks differently.
In Acts 1:8 The Lord Jesus says, “But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (ASV). Jesus wanted the apostles to be his witnesses. Believers, just like those early apostles are supposed to be witnesses for The Lord Jesus Christ. Now, for us to be witnesses for The Lord Jesus, we first have to meet and know Jesus him personally. We have to be convinced beyond any doubt that he is what he claims to be, the son of the living God.
In order for us to know Jesus, we have to hear and accept what the Scripture says about him. As we hear what the Scripture declares, the Holy Spirit will speak to us deep down in our hearts so as to reveal who he is. This is what is key in being the Lord’s witness. We all have to be convinced that Jesus is truly the Savior of the world sent from God. If not, then we have to leave this thing alone.
However, just seek the truth!