Scripture for Today: Numbers 15:39 “You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.”
It seems an odd thing to do; trying a string around one’s finger so as to remember something later. It is actually thought that your sense of touch on the index fingers are the ones with the quickest connections routed directly to the hippocampus, that part of the brain responsible for memory. At least, I seem to remember reading something about this!
Today’s verse was a command from the Lord to the Israelites through Moses. Tassels on their clothes were to serve as visual reminders to be obedient to God’s commands. They were to be sewn on the corners of their garments and have a blue thread. It makes sense that all thoughts of obedience to God’s standards can quickly slip the mind while experiencing strong temptation! Perhaps, seeing those tassels served as a splash of cold water, reminding the Israelites of their commitment to God when enticed to chase after lustful acts or thoughts.
I need reminders every day of God’s holy and unchanging standards. It is too easy for me to rationalize my thoughts and behavior when surrounded by a permissive culture. I am constantly bombarded with different standards which are much more attractive and easy to follow. Better than a string around my finger or a tassel, I have God’s Word to reorient my thinking. Waiting until I am faced with temptation is not the time to be pulling out my Bible. I need to hide His Word in my heart ahead of time in order to remain resolute (Ps. 119:11).
Lord, keep me obedient to You today.