A Reason to Celebrate
Day: 33 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Leviticus 23
Leviticus 23:43-44 (NIV) “‘So your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’ So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed festivals of the LORD.”
“So your descendants will know…” God’s words in Leviticus were meant to last; His instructions didn’t have an expiration date. Today’s passage, like much of Leviticus, invites the people of God to move forward in faith without forgetting the past.
The annual celebrations outlined here would each commemorate an aspect of God’s faithful character, miraculous provision, or the people’s solemn response to His goodness. One generation would encourage another of God’s unfailing love. Their stories were an inheritance for His people, a rich treasure to be passed down.
But God didn’t command that the Israelites hold these celebrations for fun. These days were designated to help the people obey God’s commands. The Israelites’ memories infused their faith with a holy confidence in holy God.
By following God’s commands to stop, reflect, worship, and sacrifice, these memories become the very fabric of their faith. His invitation was for them to interrupt regular activities to rest and remember how He has met every desperate need they had.
This was the intent of the festivals and spiritual holidays. Israel wasn’t just to reflect on God’s faithfulness; they were to rehearse it and live it again and again by telling their children and grandchildren about these stories of real-life faith.
In commanding these days of remembrance, God is instituting an important principle of faith: A key predictor of our obedience in the future is remembering God’s goodness in the past.
Do you feel like your faith is struggling in a desert of waiting and wandering? When was the last time you took time to celebrate something miraculous God has done in your past? Can you choose an attribute of His character where you can anchor your hope while you wait? Our faith grows when we respond in obedience and reflect with gratitude.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for the blessing of memories. Help me not just remember, but truly celebrate who You are, and how good You’ve been to me. I want to practice this principle of remembering so when I struggle to stay the course, those memories will strengthen my faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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