And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, –Numbers 15:39
In the wilderness days of the Children of Israel, and in preparation to going in to possess the land God promised, God gave certain commandments for them to not take on the customs of the nations they would encounter. God was very clear as to how He wanted them to be. In this passage He told them to make their garments to be reminders of how they were to resist the temptation to sin.
The Lord wanted them to make tassels that would go at the hem of their garments so when they saw them, they would be reminded about the commandments He gave them. In the present time, we too need something to remind us of God sincerity of us abstaining from sin, even the very appearance of it (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
God in His infinite wisdom, know we are human and easily distracted and attracted to fulfill the lust of the flesh. He knows we need reminders especially in the midst of spiritual struggles. That’s why Jesus left us the Comforter, The Holy Ghost who teaches us and brings things to our remembrance.
What are you using as a reminder of living holy lives before God? Is it the cross you might be wearing around your neck? Is it a bracelet or an item of clothing? Or is it your bible you read everyday? If it takes something to remind us, then we ought to make sure we have that daily reminder before us because temptation approaches us everyday.
*Psalm 103:17-18; John 14:26; James 4:4