You shall answer and say before the Lord your God, “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; but there he became a great, mighty and populous nation. – Deuteronomy 26:5
Upon arriving in the Promised Land, each of Israel’s tribal leaders was commanded to fill a container with the “first fruits” of the harvest and present it to the high priest. At the moment of presentation, he was also required to make a speech as a reminder to the people that it had only been by God’s grace and mercy that this blessing had occurred.
Historical celebrations are a big part of every country’s past and usually point to a time of liberation or great sacrifice. Reading the verses above reminded me to reflect on all God has done in my own personal life to “bring me through,” to secure my own liberty (at great sacrifice). Reflection and meditation on God’s faithfulness, mercy, and grace should serve as spiritual fuel, spurring each of us on to future faith and obedience.
We must be busy about the tasks that God has required us to manage, but we should also take time to reflect on all He has done to make such service possible.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. – Abraham Lincoln
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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