Loins girded. That’s how they at Passover. Ready to go. When you believe in God’s promise you have your bag packed and your cloak tucked into your belt. It shows you are ready for the promise of God. Are you ready for what God has for you, anticipating?
11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.
Exodus 12:11, 14
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
It is interesting that Peter uses a similar phrase in 1Peter 1:13. One translation says, ‘gird up the loins of your mind.’ Be ready. Ready for what? The second coming of Jesus.
Christ’s return will happen with the suddenness of the final plague in Egypt. There will be no time for preparation when the time comes. Jesus’ return is imminent and it is urgent.
Israel was instructed to celebrate the Passover meal as a memorial to commemorate God’s faithfulness to them when they were rescued from Egypt. To this day, Passover is celebrated in this manner – it has been passed on from generation to generation.
We celebrate the coming of Jesus regularly also. Our Lord’s Supper (or Communion) service looks back upon the sacrifice of Jesus as our spotless lamb, and it proclaims the Lord’s death until he comes (1Corinthians 11:26).
Are you trusting on the Lord for something in your life? Many of us are. I wonder how expectant we are while we wait. Are our loins girded with expectation because we have faith in our God? Today we are challenged to anticipate God’s hand in our lives. Be ready!