September has arrived along with the anticipation of approaching autumn events. As a believer in Yeshua (Hebrew name for Jesus), important dates are on my calendar to be celebrated this month. The Feast of Trumpets, in mid-month, heralds the blowing of the shofar as an act of anticipating our King’s approaching return. Next Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and atonement for our sins, follows. Then at the latter part of this month, the Feast of Tabernacles, recounts the Israelites wandering in the Wilderness under divine guidance. All these appointments are set by God with His people for ongoing celebration.
So what have these celebrations to do with enduring suffering? All the feasts celebrated by Hebrew and non-Hebrew believers alike reach out beyond ourselves. They remind sufferers of divinely appointed meetings between God (Yahweh) and His people. Others before us struggled in their own wilderness with multiple uncertainties and hardships. Their faith exhibited through adversity testifies to us as we remember Yahweh being ever faithful to His promises and His people.
Whether one is accustomed to observe these holidays or not, September is a month for Yahweh’s people (Jew and non-Jew alike) to gather, remember, atone and celebrate His goodness. Celebrate, you suffering saints!