“So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD your God” (Numbers 15:40-41).
Why is it so difficult to remember important things? My wife, Kim, has often asked me in the past, “Do you remember when we did this?” Seeing my puzzled look, she has graciously offered more details about the event that jog my memory and I’m able to recall and talk about it with her.
Surrounding this passage from Numbers are two instances of Israel’s disobedience: a man, who for foolish reasons broke the Sabbath; and an all-out rebellion, led by some of the Levites (the tribe of priests), against the leadership God had granted to Moses and Aaron. These had all forgotten or ignored the holiness of the One True God, and were punished according to their disobedience. God was constantly reminding the Israelites of who He was, what had He done, and what He had called them to do. The LORD commanded the Israelites to place tassels on their clothing to remind them of the commandments God had given to them.
As believers in Christ, we are beyond blessed to have the Holy Spirit, our Helper, who reminds us of all that Jesus has said to us (John 14:26). We are also privileged to live in a literate society where the Word of God is abundantly accessible to us. We can, at any time, access the very words of our Creator, and be reminded of who God is.
God has also graciously made us part of His Church. We are the Body of Christ, united by the Holy Spirit, and called to meet together, encourage each other, and worship the Lord together. “And let us consider how to stir up on another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24-25). We need to remind each other of God’s faithfulness and goodness, how He has worked in our lives in the past, and how He is at work today. We need to encourage each other to be holy to our God, through the power of the Spirit.
We may not attach tassels to our t-shirts to prompt us to pray or read God’s Word, but there’s no harm in planting not-so-subtle reminders of our God in our daily lives. Without them, we can quickly succumb to spiritual amnesia, forgetting the God we worship, and allowing other things in our lives to assume His position of glory in our minds and hearts. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to pray. Call or text your friend, and tell them you are praying for them. Most importantly, let’s submit ourselves daily to the authority of God’s Word, and surrender ourselves to the leading of His Holy Spirit, whose task it is to help us remember the supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord.