Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
The Passover is well-known (to the gentiles) as a Jewish festival commemorating God’s freeing of Israelites from Egyptian enslavement. It seems odd to write a blog post about a Jewish holiday, but Reverend Goshen Choi has given us a wonderful message on what it means to overcome hardships and become successful with the help of our Lord with this seemingly obscure passage in Deuteronomy.
According to Rev. Choi, there are four things we must do to overcome hardships with success in the eyes of God:
1. Always live by the Word of God
As Christians, we must always live by the Word of God and by nothing else. His words are the truth that we must strive to live by.
2. God works at Night
Traditionally, people work during the day and rest during the night. But in the scripture above, it says that God has brought His People out of Egypt by night. As such, there are several other indications in the Holy Bible to suggest that God likes to work during that particular time. Though the word “night” should be understood as it is in the context of the Holy Scripture, it can also be interpreted in different ways, and one of the ways that Rev. Choi has analyzed the scripture was that God prefers to work during the most darkest times of our lives, that time of our life when we just cannot trust our abilities and give up to go on, as we do when we face the night in our work. That is the precise time in which our Lord begins to work his miracles on His People. Therefore, Rev. Choi urges the people to surrender themselves to the Lord early in their lives and careers, to admit that they are facing the night of their lives and need the Lord to start his work.
Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
3. The Bread of Affliction is our time to be trained
In Deuteronomy 16: 3, God tells His people to eat the “no leavened bread” during the time of Passover. He further calls this bread “the bread of affliction.” While this idea of “no leavened bread” should be understood as it is, Rev. Choi has interpreted the concept of “no leavened bread” as the “bread of affliction” that contains none of one’s thoughts and egos when it is baked. Unleavened bread does not contain any yeasts, and God calls this bread the “bread of affliction” to have the Israelites remember that it was the Lord who has led them out of Egypt.
Rev. Choi tells us that no one is free from this bread of affliction. We all encounter a time of trial and tribulation at some point in our lives. When that time happens, God wants us to eat this unleavened bread of affliction; he wants us to chew it well and digest it properly. We need to have the same attitude about our own problems; we should accept this suffering with happiness and transform it into a time of training for our better selves in the eyes of the Lord. Rev. Choi has told us to not despair and be afraid that we are toiling with no end at sight. He told us to cherish this time by learning and training from its hardship, as God has commanded the Israelites to eat the bread of affliction to never forget that it was the Lord who has freed them from the shackles of Egypt. Let us strive each day to accept this bread of affliction with open arms and embrace its hardships to learn from it!
4. Always remember who you were before meeting God
Rev. Choi has told us that we must first remember the kind of person we were before accepting Jesus in our lives, and thank the Lord for leading us to His ways. Humans are prone to forget, and this forgetfulness is what drives our ego and causes us to be arrogant. If we can just remember who we used to be before receiving the Lord’s Grace, we are much less likely to commit the sin of denouncing the Lord’s miracles and announcing our greatness. As God wanted Israelite to eat the unleavened bread to never forget that it was His work that lead them out of Egypt, He also wants us to never forget the grace we’ve received from Him.
Of course, all these are much easier said than done. Let us all pray and strive to become true Achievers with these four qualities!
* Reverend Goshen Choi is the founder and the president of Nyskc World Mission Center. Nyskc World Mission Center was founded in 1993 with the purpose of establishing a global organization devoted to the restoration of worship and churches. Their motto is “When the Worship is restored, the church is risen, the nation renewed and the family revived!”