Rabbis teach that at Sukkot, we recount four things: that God is a God of remembrance, deliverance, holiness and provision. There are three more that, as Messianic Jewish Believers, we find appropriate to celebrate during the Feast of Sukkot: God’s protection, His presence, and our relationship with Him. Join us each day of Sukkot for another devotion focusing on one of these remembrances.
Our God of Remembrance
God knows us. He knows how forgetful we are. Thus, He established certain Feasts as remembrances to ensure that we would not forget what He has brought us out of and the things He has done for us. Sukkot is one of those Feasts.
Sukkot is a time to remember with joy – God actually commands it (Deuteronomy 16:14). This joy springs from the intentional act of remembering. The Psalmists often practiced this spiritual discipline, recounting Israel’s history and the many ways God intervened on their behalf. They took the time to write and recite the God-stories of Passover, the Exodus and the wilderness. In revisiting the miracles God performed and past examples of His power and faithfulness, these writers found comfort and peace for what they faced in their present circumstances. And they passed on the encouragement to generations after them.
“I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds.” ––Psalm77:11–12 (NKJV)
The practice of remembrance blesses us. It imparts strength and inspires us to share with others about our great God. We receive comfort, and God receives glory, drawing others to Him.
What are some of the God-stories in your life that you need to remember today? Thank Him for them, and consider sharing His wonders with others so they too will be uplifted by God’s goodness.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. ––Psalm 111:4 (NKVJ)