The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35
Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.
As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.
While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.
Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.
Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.
Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.
Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.
Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.
Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!
I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.
“Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continual memorial before the LORD.” Exodus 28:29
One of the ways that people like to remember other people is wearing a necklace that brings a memory of a person. There are many younger girls that wear a necklace with the BFF, Best Friends Forever, stamped up it. They want to remember their best friend at all times.
Another way that many people remember someone is with a small picture inside a pendant hung around the neck. These can be pictures of someone still alive or a loved one who has passed away. Either way it is a way of remembering the person. It can bring back many memories of good times, the love and friendship of that person.
As Aaron was to enter the Holy Place, the temple, he was to wear a piece that carried all the names of the sons of Israel, the tribes of Israel, over his heart. As he met with God, this would help him to remember all of the people of Israel and to bring their needs before God.
One of his jobs as high priest, Aaron would have to bring the offerings and sacrifices of the people to God. When they sinned against or praised God, it was Aaron who stood before God for them.
When Jesus came, he made all who are His followers priests. Every believer is a priest before God. As a priest, believers have the ability to stand before God on the behalf of other people. The believer is also now the temple of God himself. He can always be in the presence of God.
Each and every day, the believer must bring before God the needs and praises of those he knows. He must remember the names of the people who are in need around him, rather than just focus on his own personal needs, just as Aaron and Jesus had done.
You are a priest of God, if you are a believer. You have direct access to God on behalf of the needs of others. Each and every day, take time to bring the needs of those you know up to God. Carry the names of your friends, family, enemies, and all neighbors on your heart as you go before God. Be the priest of God for the people. God can use you through your prayers.
I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will have the names of people on your hearts as you pray to God; that you will lift up the needs of others before God daily; and that God will do many great things through you in others.
Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. Genesis 26:25
As people go through life, there are times that they go through some major event in their life that they want to remember. Often they take pictures or videos to remember the event. Some will write it down in journals to help them remember what had happened in the future.
Some of these major events may be positive events such as a trip, a marriage, a birthday, or a promotion. Other times these events may be something on the negative or sad side such as a death, a major move not desired, job loss, sickness or more.
Isaac had a major event in his life. He had been traveling along and chose to stop in Beersheba. As he had stopped there for the night, God met with him and told him that he would be blessed and his family would be increased greatly and that He would be with him.
Immediately Isaac built an altar to God. This was to help him remember what God told him and to keep his focus upon God.
An altar was a place where people could go and meet with God. It was the place to seek forgiveness for sins, or give thanks to God for blessings. It was a place that people could get close to God.
Since Jesus came, the physical altar is no longer needed, yet, an altar is still needed. Every believer needs to remember what God has done in his life. He also needs to stay focused upon God at all times. Building an altar in the heart, helps one to focus on God and a place to seek forgiveness and give Him praise. The altar in the heart can go with the believer no matter where he travels.
Take time in your life to build an altar to God. Have a place in your heart where it will keep you close to God and focused on Him and His desires for your life. This will also help you remember all that God has done for you and what He will do in the future.
At this altar, you can remember all the things God has promised you. You can remember the forgiveness He has blessed you with.
Do you have altar to God today?
I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have an altar to God in your heart; that you will seek God with all of your heart; and that you will focus your life on God.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1
Large storms can be something that is scary to go through. The amount of damage a storm can bring, can be tremendous if the storm is big enough.
As a person is going through a major storm, he can hear the loud roaring winds, the cracking of thunder, the roar of the rain beating down on the house, the noise of the running water off of the house, and the creaking of the house and trees in the great winds. It can be nerve wracking hearing these noises and knowing what the possible damage could be or become.
In the personal life of a person, God has also allowed other types of storms one’s life. These storms can be physical ailments, financial difficulties, marital problems, abuse, persecution, and more. During these storms, it can feel as if God has forgotten the person or abandoned him.
Those who are believers in Jesus and strive to follow God may also feel as though God has left them and forgotten all about them and what is going on. It feels as though the storm in life will never end and that all that will be left is death, pain and suffering.
Yet, God has not forgotten. Just as He did not forget about Noah and the animals on the ark, He will not forget His people in a storm. Once the storm has accomplished its purpose, God will calm the storm. He will restore things and build things up.
The purpose of the flood was to destroy sin and get the people to focus back on God. In life, you may be going through a storm. God may be trying to get your attention, or as with Job, He may be trying to prove your faith in Him. Either way, He has not forgotten you. He still remembers you and will preserve you and save you.
As you travel through a storm in this life, know that God is right there with you. Know that God will save you in the end. Ask God what you need to do or learn through this storm. And give Him praise through it all. God has not, nor will ever forget you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fears of storms in this life; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will trust God will remember you always.
Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:8
On the first day of the week after Jesus had died and was buried some women went to His tomb to honor Him. When they got there they saw that the tomb was empty. Two men, who were angels, suddenly appeared to them and asked them why they were looking for Him and if they remembered His words. They reminded the women that Jesus had told them He would rise from the dead. At that point they remembered His words.
When tragedy occurs in a person’s life, there are a lot of things that go through his mind. Questions are asked wondered why it happened or what could have been done to prevent what happened. The more sudden the event, the more shock and questions are being asked.
This can even occur when the tragedy is expected, such as in the death of a loved one who died of cancer.
The shock of what happens can also occur when it is something very good. Remembering what was said does not always happen. People are quick to forget what is said about something unbelievable. It was unbelievable that Jesus would raise from the dead, yet it did happen.
Once the women started to remember the words of Jesus, they were able to believe that He did raise from the dead. They were then comforted, even though they still did not fully understand the how.
Even though it is two thousand years later, the words of Jesus still remain in effect. Jesus had promised many different things. Believers need to be willing to look at the Scriptures and see what Jesus promised. He is the same today as He was yesterday and will remain the same for tomorrow.
If Jesus promised He would raise from the dead and He did, He will also fulfill all the rest of His promises.
As a believer, you need to study the Bible and know the promises God had made. Apply them to your life. Know that God will fulfill every one of them.
As you study the Bible, remember what God had said to you. Do not forget those words and get discouraged, but have hope and trust in His Words.
Memorize verses to apply them to your life and remember them when times get tough. Without memory, you will be left lost and hopeless. Remember His Words.
I pray today that you will know the words and promises of God; that you will remember all that God has said to you; that you will not fear when trouble occurs because you remember His words; and that God will help you hide His word in your heart.
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
God is talking to Israel about how they have treated Him over the years. He had worked with them, yet they had disregarded Him and chose to sin. In the end God had chosen to blot out their sins and remember them no more. This was completely fulfilled in the work of Jesus on the cross.
Every person on this earth has made the choice to sin against God as they began to grow up. At some point in their lives many people have chosen to accept Jesus into their life and be forgiven of those sins. However, because of their being human, all will make the mistake of sinning against God at times, despite their following Jesus.
Most believers are willing to go before Jesus to ask for forgiveness. During the Sunday morning service he feels the Holy Spirit point out some sin in his life, and so he goes to the altar asking for forgiveness. God, in His great love and mercy, forgives immediately and forgets that sin.
Many, however, remember that sin. Suddenly they feel that they cannot be loved by God anymore because of that sin. This happens more often when the sin has been done more than once. People condemn themselves for past sins and do not allow themselves to forgive themselves.
God is always right there waiting to blot out sins. It is one of His greatest desires to do. It pleased Him to send Jesus to the cross, because that meant He could forgive everyone of their sins.
When the times arrive where you may start to remember a past sin, and wonder if you were forgiven, stop and know that God has forgiven you. Do not be like many and seek forgiveness a hundred times for the same sin. Once repented of that sin is gone. God no longer remembers it.
You can walk in joy and peace knowing that you are clean before God, once you have repented of a sin. You are not above God. If God can forget your sin, you must also forget it. Let it go in the past once repented of. Live the life God is giving you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that you will know God’s great love and mercy for you; that God will help you to forget the past sins in your life; and that you will live the life God has for you.