We see it all throughout Scripture:
YHWH does something amazing to bring His people out of some horrible situation.
His people rejoice and praise Him.
Then just a few chapters later, they’ve forgotten about it. They’re back to complaining about how they would have been better off in said horrible situation than to be going through whatever turmoil they’re going through at the moment.
I do this all. the. time.
We Israelites are quite forgetful, aren’t we? Thankfully, The Father gave us a very practical commandment that helps us to remember:
“Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes (tzitzit) in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
And it shall be unto you for a fringe (tzitzit), that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.”
Numbers 15: 38-41
I like to think of tzitzit as a “wedding ring” of sorts. A wearable symbol that reminds me daily of all that I am to do in order to remain faithful to Him.
Also, it’s the only commandment (that I know of) where a specific reason is stated for why it was given: “that ye may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.” It’s like He knew we’d forget. Our creator knows us better than we know ourselves. Imagine that… 😉
Father, help us to remember. Give us your presence, so that as we look upon these fringes, we will choose to give thanks, to repent of our transgressions, to keep your commandments, and be holy unto You.
If you’re interested in learning more about the history behind tzitzit, what they represent, and how they apply to believers today, check out this teaching from Founded in Truth Ministries:
This post is day 6 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 5.