“You must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach the tassels at each corner with a blue cord. The tassels will remind you of the commands of the Lord, and that you are to obey his commands instead of following your own desires and going your own ways as you are prone to do.” (Numbers 15:38-39 NLT)
God encircles us with many object lessons designed to charm us to His side. If we are wise, we will pay close attention to the memos He posts:
The cross of Jesus—preaching heaven’s free pardon of our sins, singing of mercy in the maze, inspiring endurance when we are tempted to abandon our mission.
The Book from Heaven—jogging our mind to review our Master’s blueprint for life, raising sights above mundane trivia to eternal realities, keeping us from sin.
The Indwelling Holy Spirit in our heart—an Infallible, Built-in Guidance System to keep us on target morally.
Beautiful, magnificently designed earth, sun, moon, and stars—a billboard publicizing our Father’s sovereignty, awesome power, and loving care.
Our spouse and children—signs of God’s love, solving the problem of loneliness.
Challenges and responsibilities of our work—reminding us of Providence in guiding us into avenues of service honoring the Name above all names.
The church—a loving family, encouraging us to activate good deeds and avoid unholy living in light of Christ’s imminent return.
A table loaded with delicious food—illustrating God’s ability to always provide more than enough to meet our every need.
History—a rearview mirror reflecting tragic consequences of rebellion against God, chronicling Hebrew recalcitrance and prompting us to learn from their mistakes.
Heaven help us to see with our heart—so we can marvel at encompassing traces of grace from the God who loves us, go beyond pondering His memos to conscientiously follow His cues, avoid distraction by the ten thousand lures of the evil one, and stay faithful to the God we love.
Johnny R. Almond, Pastor
Hull's Memorial Baptist Church; Fredericksburg, Virginia