And Moses said “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place” -Exodus 13:3 NKJV
This morning I was reading about the first Passover meal. The Passover meal was the last meal the Israelites ate in Egypt. The Lord gave Moses very specific instructions regarding the Passover meal. He provided in great detail instructions on the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of the entire meal from start to finish.
This meal was unlike any other meal the Israelites had eaten. This meal was their freedom meal. It was the meal that would bring them out of slavery and bondage. It was a meal that showed their faith in God and His promise to bring them out of Egypt.
God is faithful! The morning after the Israelites ate their Passover meal Pharaoh and all the Egyptians went to the Israelites and pretty much begged them to leave. They even brought them silver, gold, and clothing so they would have all they needed on their journey. They brought so much provision that the Word says the Israelites plundered the Egyptians!
Later on the Lord reviewed with Moses all of the instructions for the Passover meal. This meal is to be made each year as remembrance of what the Lord had done for them. Every year, even now, the Jewish people celebrate the miracles God performed in order to free them from the slavery and bondage of Egypt.
I spent most of the day preparing my home for our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. Normally things like washing dishes and silverware that only get used once a year, dusting, and cleaning would not be what I consider to be fun. Today, however it was. It was a day full of joy and thanksgiving for me.
Having read about the Passover meal and the way the Lord brought his people out of bondage, I couldn’t help but think of how God has brought me out of different forms of slavery and bondage over the years. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am not longer in the bondage of depression. I am no longer a slave to performance. I am no longer in bondage to body image issues. I am no longer a slave to past hurts, pains, and negative experiences. I am free!
I AM FREE!
I can honestly say I am free! Wow! There was once a time when I didn’t think it was possible to be free from those things. I thought I would carry some of those things with me forever. Over the years, the more I have learned to trust that God is good, I have been able to yield and surrender all of those things to Him, and He has been faithful to heal them.
Now I am by no means perfect, but I also no longer strive to be perfect! That alone is a freedom I never thought possible! That alone put a smile on my face and a song in my heart even as I looked down at my filthy, stained, never-gonna-get-its-true-color- back carpet and thought “oh well”…
I do love Thanksgiving. I think it may be my favorite holiday. Maybe because it was my dad’s favorite holiday. Maybe because it was the last holiday I had with him. Maybe it is simply because I realize just how much I have to be thankful for. As much as I hate to mess with a perfect thing, this year, instead of celebrating Thanksgiving, I am going to celebrate ThanksOver. It is my way of “remembering this day in which I went out of Egypt”.
As you busy yourself preparing for Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take a few moments to thank God for the many ways He has delivered you out of bondage and slavery. And go ahead and thank Him for the ones that you may not be totally free from yet, knowing that HE IS FAITHFUL to complete the work, and He will NOT leave any parts of your life in Egypt!
Heavenly Father, I thank you and praise you for all you have done for me and my family! Thank you for your goodness! Thank you for your grace! Thank you for your mercy! Thank you for delivering me out of Egypt in so many ways! Thank you for the deliverance that is yet to come! Thank you for Jesus, our Passover lamb! Thank you for your promises that are Yes! and Amen! Thank you for this day of remembrance! Thank you for our loved ones, both with us, and not. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! In Jesus most precious and holy name, Amen!