So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover,and they did so in the Desert of Sinaiat twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.The Israelites did everything just as theLordcommanded Moses. – Numbers 9:4-5
Celebration helps me remember important things in life. For example, this past weekend my aunt and I went to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of her mother/my grandmother. We had a theme of doing things that she would have liked to do. So we went to Frankenmuth, Michigan, and looked in all the places of interest … especially Bronner’s, and ate the chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn. We played rummy in the hotel with Looney Tunes cards, had birthday cake, ice cream, and just had a fun time. At Bronner’s, we had personalized ornaments made to commemorate the day. We celebrated a life that was important to us.
God has done so many wonderful things for us that we could really celebrate every day. It’s important to remember what God has done because it encourages us to go on. Knowing the great love and power that God has makes us stronger on the inside to do what we are called to do. Celebrate that today.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the great things you have done in my life. I pray I may never forget them and continue to celebrate you. Amen
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19:41-44
In the Luke account of Jesus entering Jerusalem, he shows that Jesus paused before entering to weep over the city. His heart is broken because his people will not obey him and would rather follow their own desires. We, like the people in biblical times, seem to need disastrous occurrences before we take notice of what God is telling us.
Knowing that we break God’s heart alone should make us stop and turn around, but it doesn’t, does it? It takes us being uncomfortable in some way to begin seeking and searching for the answer. The answer is always Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the heart that you have for me and all your people. I pray that I don’t take that for granted and care about what is on your heart. Amen
Faith Tip: Do you have a challenge today? See how Jesus is the answer and follow him.