Numbers 9:1-5, "The Lord spoke to Moses ... in the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, ‘Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time ... in accordance with all its rules and regulations.' So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover, and they did so in the Desert of Sinai at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses."
The Israelites were forgetful people. Not long after being freed from Pharaoh's grip, they forgot about many of the miracles God had done and how, over and over, God provided. Time and again, they forgot, complained, and turned away from God - even carving idols of their own to worship, instead of the Creator!
Although it's easy to point fingers at their disobedience and lack of faith, we need to pause and take an inward look. Are we anxious about today while forgetting how God has faithfully provided in the past? Are we stuck in a mode of complaining rather than acknowledging His goodness?
God gave the Israelites the Passover celebration to remind them that God had spared them from the plague of death in Egypt. Holidays like Easter and Christmas remind Christians of our salvation and the HOPE we have in Christ. Reading the Bible daily, spending time in prayer, journaling, and actively gathering with other believers within the church gives us regular reminders of everything He has done for us.
Do you remember how much He has done for you? How far you've come? Remember and rejoice in Him today!
Lord, I remember You today. As I think about how You drew me in when I was far from You, I rejoice. Let no complaints cross my lips, instead fill my heart with reminders of Your goodness. Amen.