«The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer» (2 Samuel 22:2).
JUST AS THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES on the American continent extravagantly celebrate Independence Day, that day when they were finally free from a colonizing power, the Jewish people to this day celebrate several festivals in which they commemorate the way God liberated them from a foreign power. One of those festivals is Purim. The festival of Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Jewish month of Adar. What it commemorates is the miraculous way that God liberated His people from the decree which would soon have produced a genocide. At the insistence of the evil Haman, the king agreed, without knowing what it really meant for the people of God, to write a law that would wipe them from the face of the earth. Do you remember what happened? The intervention of a woman, a young Jewish woman named Esther who was married to the king, succeeded in not having the decree be carried out as planned. If you remember well, the first thing Esther did was to call for her people to fast. Thus, the festival of Purim begins the day before with a fast, a reminder of the Jews who fasted and prayed before they saw the powerful hand of God acting on their behalf. Can you imagine what might have happened if that liberation had not taken place? The Jewish people would have disappeared from history from that point forward, and with it, all possibility that we would have a great part of the Old and New Testaments in our hands today.
The liberations that God achieves are worthy to be celebrated as much at the collective level as at the individual. For example, keeping a written record about the interventions of God in our favor and His answers to our prayers is a wonderful way to remember, around the same time every year, that the Lord is watching our footsteps and helping us in our difficulties.
If there is a liberation that stands out above all the others, it is the one that will take place when Christ returns for the second time. Why not celebrate it ahead of time, by faith, beginning now? Why not begin this day by commemorating the future liberation that we will receive from God: liberation from sin, liberation from pain, liberation from this mortal body, liberation from this fallen nature, liberation from the greatest enemy of humanity: Satan?