The Ribbon of Blue
Our text today is from Numbers 15:38-40. 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Many times in life we forget to seek God when a problem or difficult task is at hand. In the old Testament God had the people to make borders of blue at the hem of their garments so when they would look down at the ground the blue would remind them of Heaven and the God of Heaven and his promises and commandments.
After all the children had been thru and after all God had done for them it is hard to think that they could forget God and His promises. But we are no different. God has blessed us and has helped us out on many occasions and even then we forget God and His word. At times we remember everything else except the Lord. In our difficult or sad times we have tendencies to forget the Lord but He’s still there.
In other words when you get down and start to look down as if all is lost or hopeless, then look at the ribbon of blue, it is time to remind yourself that God is still here and is still on your side and can still intervene on your behalf.
So the moral is, don’t forget God and His word in the difficult days. He’s still around. The holidays are approaching and for many they will be a time of gladness and celebration but for some it will be the first Christmas without a loved one or friend, or perhaps for some they will be without a job or their health is failing or the health of a loved one is failing and for them it will be a difficult time.
In either case, remember the ribbon of blue.