“Define your values and stick to them” – Cathy Truett
“There is a difference between prioritizing your schedule and scheduling your priorities” – Jason Gaddis
I love special days. Whether they are for our nation, church, or individuals, special days a fun and exciting. Some of my fondest memories growing up were around holidays. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, New Year, and so much more, I love them all. Church anniversaries, Fall ‘Round up Day’, potlucks, revivals, and the like also garner excitement and anticipation. If you are like me, you love holidays, big days, and special events.
We have special days in our nation set aside for the sole purpose of remembering. I think of memorial day and Independence day, which call our attention to the sacrifices those before us have made. Special days help us remember the past, be thankful for the present, and look ahead to the future. It is almost as if we hit the pause button and evaluate what is really important and what is not.
If you are not careful you can schedule God out of your life; allowing lesser things to become priorities, and the most important things to be pushed to the back burner. God understood and understands the forgetfulness of humanity, and our tendency to deprioritize the things that matter the most. In His wisdom, He established reminders for Israel, and has set up reminders for us today.
Israel had six feast or special days annually, three in the spring and three in the fall. Passover, the Feast of Firstfruits, and the Feast of Weeks (Passover) all took place in the spring. The fall boasted the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths. It would be a worthwhile study to dig into each of these special days, and discover their meanings both for Israel and us, but I would like to take a look at just one feast – the Feast of Trumpets.
The Feast of Trumpets marked the end of the harvest of all crops. It took place in the seventh month on the seventh day, and was a day of celebration. The convocation (a word that means gathering) was different than any other, and was identified by its loud horn blasts. These horns were called shofars and were made from ram’s horns. They have an amazing, loud, and distinct sound; I encourage you to look up online what a shofar sounds like. The trumpets would sound to give the call to assemble and then give thanks for the harvest.
This Feast of Trumpets has major implications and pictures for us today. Jesus said in John 4:35 – “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Currently, we are in a time of harvest, and we ought to be busy about the work of reaching others with the Gospel. When the harvest ends, the trumpet will sound, and we will be called away to give thanksgiving to the Lord. The rapture is described to us in 1 Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
I am so thankful that God has given us reminders of His promises. These reminders ought to make us consider the past, give thanks for the present, and look forward to the future. God has given us some wonderful pictures in the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, just like He gave Israel with these feasts. Each time we observe on of these ordinances it should be a reminder of the goodness and faithfulness of God. He will keep His promises, and HE IS COMING AGAIN!
Today be encouraged and convicted by the goodness and faithfulness of God. Remember He is coming again at any moment, and purpose to live in thanksgiving and faithfulness today.
Daily Scripture Reading
Leviticus 22 - 23
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.”