The Call To Remember - Part 1
Passage: Exodus 12:29–13:16
Topic: In the story of the Passover, we remember God's saving power and grace from generation to generation.
There is a lot of unknowns in this world and in our lives. One thing that we can be certain about is that our lives will be filled with triumphs and tragedies. In the midst of life's trials God allows us to recall memories that will encourage us in the hour of need. All Christians eventually encounter, or have already entered, the ring of discouragement. The natural response is to reevaluate the tasks to which you have been called. "Does this endeavor really matter?" "Are my motives completely pure?" "Is all the trouble really worth the sacrifice?" Questions about the future, unaccompanied by glorious recollections of the past, will lead to spiritual defeat. During these times we should call to mind the goodness of God and remember His manifest power.
The reason so many Christians throw in their "spiritual towel" is because they fail to remember the blessings that God has bestowed upon them. It can be extremely unhealthy for Christians to rely on past victories or blessings. However, if we fail to reflect and give God the glory for His intervening grace, He will curse our blessings (Mal. 2:2). The key to victorious Christian living is knowing what to remember when you need to remember it. As we continue our journey through Exodus, we find a story that was life changing for the people of Israel: the Passover. In the story of the Passover we see God's redemptive power, mercy, and justice displayed and His promises kept. In the institution of the Passover celebration and the Festival of Unleaven Bread, we see the the need to remember God's saving power from generation to generation.
And Moses said to the people: "remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place..."
~ Exodus 13:3