On a far greater scale, the amazing salvation that God offers ought to drive us day in and day out to live a life unbound by sin. But unless we call our salvation and God’s work to rememberance, we will fall away as Israel did. Live today in the light of your salvation. “Never Forget!”
There are dates that are forever etched in our memories. September 11, 2001, January 28, 1986, December 7, 1941, and I could go on. At every catastrophic crisis, we vow to never forget those events. Yet how quickly does the significance of those moments fade into our own oblivion? How then can we truly expect the generations to follow to remember how critical those dates are?
When you reached Numbers 33 today, you likely saw how much repetition there was and quickly glossed over a good chunk of the passage. Sadly, much of Israel did the same thing. Numbers 33 was Moses documenting the steps that God brought His people through in the period between Egypt and the promised land. He wrote it down so they would remember. However, history shows that they all too quickly forgot God’s works as they repeatedly turned away from Him into idolatry and rebellion.
It’s easy for us to look at Israel and condemn their foolish choices, but we do the same thing on a daily basis. We are shown in 1 John 3 that God has done an act of unmatchable grace and love in sending His Son for us and making us heirs of His grace. Yet, there are those who claim to be believers in Christ, yet live in an unrepentent pattern of sin. Why is it important to understand that those who live comfortably in sin are not true believers? Because those who are in Christ have had the bondage of sin taken away. We all sin. But we do not all have to LIVE in sin.
Are there moments where you forget about the World Trade Center attacks? How about the Challenger disaster? And the attacks on Pearl Harbor? Of course there are. We don’t live in the constant rememberance of those events. But when we do remember, it should remind us of how those days changed our lives.