By Lou K. Coleman-Yeboah
As the celebration of “Black History Month” narrows to an end, let us remember as a chosen people of God, the things of God. Let us remember what He has done, how He has rescued us, how He has provided for us, and the way He has saved us. For the stones shall be a memorial forever. [Exodus 13:3–6; 24:4; Deuteronomy 27:1–8; Joshua 22:9–12; 24:24–28; 1 Samuel 7:12]. So let us keep telling the stories so that we will never lose our own sense of awe and wonder of what God has done for us. Because “Black Lives” have always mattered to God. For it is not by power nor by might but by the spirit of God—the wisdom, authority, power, and presence of the Lord—that freedom, equality, and justice will come.
So, remember, no matter how dark our dark places have been, or how fierce the battle is today, know that all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]. “I brought you out,” is His reminder to us. He doesn’t want us to forget where we came from. He wants us to be able to look back and testify to His faithfulness, His goodness, and His loving kindness toward us. So as the celebration of “Black History Month” narrows to an end, let us praise Him for being a God of restoration, transformation, recovery, and hope! Because we are, as a chosen people of God, a living testimony to the true statement that “God is able.” [Ephesians 3:20]. For when we look at our life from where we came from to where we are today, we should be proclaiming aloud “look where God has brought us from.” For it is His grace and mercy that has carried us through.
So, when your sons and daughters ask you in the future, ‘What is the meaning of the decrees, statutes, and ordinances, which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ Tell them, “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand. Before our eyes the Lord inflicted great and devastating signs and wonders on Egypt, on Pharaoh and all his household, but He brought us from there in order to lead us in and give us the land that He swore to our fathers. Stones of Remembrance!
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be Glory throughout all generations, Forever and ever! Amen.” [Ephesians 3:20-21].