Devotional Thoughts:

Dig Deeper

Do they have magical powers?  Is it a superstition?  No, the tassels, or tzitzit in Hebrew, are important because of what they symbolize.  When God himself instituted the practice, He said, “You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD” (Numbers 15:39).  So their purpose is to call to mind God’s word!  God’s word is our guide for life, it is the source of truth and authority.  It is our standard for checking and correcting our way (2 Tim. 3:16).

When the Jewish men, saw the tassels on the corners of their robe, it would cause them to reflect on their situation of being “under the authority of God’s word.”

This may seem like an odd practice to us, but consider this – have you ever gone through a busy day when the thought of God’s word never entered your mind?  We live in a busy world.  We tie strings around our fingers to help us to remember to do things.  Well, maybe not, but you do write yourself reminders on yellow stickies and set alarms on your cell phone or Palm so that you will not forget something important to do.

So ask yourself this question, “What could I do to remind myself to consider God’s word and its authority over my life?”  Maybe you used to wear a WWJD bracelet but that got old.  You could think about using a few yellow stickies spread around in a couple key places that remind you to think about God.  If that doesn’t work, maybe you could sew something on your clothes, . . . a tassel might do the job.


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Dave Lyman

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