Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember
May 26, 2008

Ex 13:9 "This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead...For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand."

Many holidays are meant to commemorate an event or day of historical significance. Memorial Day in America is one such day, where we take time out to remember all those who have served in our Armed Forces, fighting for our freedoms or for those who cannot fight for themselves. It is a special day, honoring many men and women who have even given their lives in service for something so very important to all of us.

God actually set up the first memorial day, which was to be celebrated on a specific day but remembered ALL the days of our lives. The event to be remembered was the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. This event was a big deal. You remember the Hollywood portrayal of Moses and the Ten Commandments. It was the story of Moses going to Egypt in an effort to leave with the Israelites who had been enslaved for a very long time. They were allowed to leave, but only after many plagues of bugs, blood, and death. Finally, the Israelites were released, led out to the land of milk and honey by Moses. It was a grand event, done with a great display of God's power throughout the whole story.

Though this event was very important in history and to our Christian heritage; it probably means nothing to you and me, today. But it does and it should. It was a display of God's power, might, and deliverance, where He wants us to remember His capabilities to work in the past and in our lives today. It was a chance for God to do something so great in history and set up a precedent for His abilities in your life here in this place in today's history. This event was so important that God commands us remember it and to play it over and over again in our minds. This story is set up as a command to recount to everyone who will listen to the epic event.

It was a command to remember the event not only so we would remember His power and capabilities but so we would be able to do this in our own lives today. Think long and hard about all the good and wonderful things the Lord has done in your life, the many displays of His power and might. Recount those times when He showed up big or you were able to see His power at work or deliverance in a situation. Now take precedent from the Bible and recount it over and over in your mind and to everyone who will hear the story. I know you have something worth remembering; now share it with those around you and listen to their story. You will be amazed at God's power, might, and deliverance.

1. What has God done in your life worth remembering?
2. Have your recounted your story to someone else lately?