How often do you forget things? When I ask the question, you are likely immediately thinking about missed meetings, a failure to take the trash can to the road on pick-up day, or the errand you forgot to complete. While there are important self-management tricks we can deploy to avoid these mistakes, there are more important things to remember.
According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, surveys indicate that 15% of married women and 25% of married men have participated in extramarital affairs. The tragic frequency of infidelity would suggest that we need to better remember covenant relationships in our life. In fact, every day when I look at my wedding ring, it is a physical reminder of the covenant I have made to my wife. For nearly twenty-six years, we have celebrated a beautiful union that began with a ceremonial covenant that continues to this day. Remembering the covenant regularly allows for continued honoring of the commitment.
While I pray you work to celebrate and maintain a healthy marriage, this is simply an illustration of a much more significant covenant relationship we must elevate. Exodus 24 portrays the covenant ceremony between God and Israel. The sprinkled blood, the written vows, and the shared meal each signified that the covenant between God and Israel should be honored and prioritized. The weight of that encounter shaped the nation and provides a backdrop to more fully grasp the new covenant made possible through Jesus’ finished work and shed blood.
Like Israel, we are susceptible to forgetting His goodness and even being unfaithful to follow other gods. We have been given the ongoing celebration of Communion to physically embrace a remembrance of His covenant to us. We must never forget and strive to be faithful in honoring Him and sharing Him with others. Like a wedding ring, the Lord’s Table is a physical and tangible symbol of His love for us, His grace extended to us, and His faithfulness! We remember as we worship!