Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of a house of slavery. For it was with a strong hand that the Lord brought you out from there.”
Recall a time when God fulfilled his promise to you. Did it happen in the way you expected, or at the time you planned?
Read Exodus 12:21-42.
We celebrate rituals—in our homes, churches, and even in our businesses—to help us remember the important events in our history. God instructed the Israelites to celebrate the Passover every year. He knew that when things got tough, they might doubt his love and protection. The Passover celebration served to remind the Israelites of God’s faithfulness in the past and to assure them that he would be with them always.
Think about the most significant events in your life or in your family history. Some of these we already commemorate—with birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day celebrations. Is there one event that served as a defining moment or a turning point for you or your family? Mark that event on your 2017 calendar (you don’t have to use the exact date of the original event), and write down two things you can do to commemorate the event.
Join the Israelites in their prayer after the Lord delivered them out of Egypt:
My strength and my refuge is the Lord,
and he has become my savior.
This is my God, I praise him;
the God of my father, I extol him.
The Lord is a warrior,
Lord is his name!
In your love you led the people you redeemed;
in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling.
May the Lord reign forever and ever!