It’s awesome to see the themes of the Old and New Testaments weave together perfectly. Our God doesn’t change and His heart remains the same.
Deuteronomy 14-16 and Mark 13:14-37 weave together beautifully the theme of setting aside time to remember what God has done for us. This is not to be taken lightly. The children of Israel were commanded to place reminders on their doorposts and to tell stories to their children of the greatness of God.
How can we do that now? What are our doorposts that we can mark in remembrance of the grace of God?
The other theme we see is that of staying alert so we are not deceived. This goes hand in hand with habits of remembrance. Now more than ever we should be telling the stories of God’s goodness and strength because this truth is being challenged daily in our world. In times of fear and uncertainty, we must tell stories of who God has been. The same God who commanded the storms to be silent is our good Father.
What is numbing you to the reality of how brief this life is? What trivial things are you placing your identity and hope in? Let us fix our eyes instead on the kingdom of God. Let’s give those trivial things to Jesus today that He may restore to us the joy of our salvation and lead us on in confidence and love.