Monday, June 2, 2008
"And he pitched his tent having Bethel on the west and Ai on the east: and there he built an altar." Genesis 12:8
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself, it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.
Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two. The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him. Rush is wrong every time, there is always plenty of time to worship God. Quiet days with God may be a snare. We have to pitch our tents where we shall always have quiet times with God, however noisy our times with the world may be. There are not three stages in spiritual life - worship, waiting and work. Some of us go in jumps like spiritual frogs, we jump from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God's idea is that the three should go together. They were always together in the life of Our Lord. He was unhasting and unresting. It is a discipline, we cannot get into it all at once.
Taken from My Utmost To His Highest.
* I'm pitching my tent. In case you don't hear from me for a couple of days, that's where I am.
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All the events of the past few weeks demonstrate the importance of your blog message today. I just pray God will give me the strength to stay in the tent once it's pitched.
Thank you for your words and the way you are always ministering. If blogging is God's gift to you, it is certainly your gift to the rest of us. In that sense, then, you are giving back to God your first fruits. Thank you.
Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes life gets in the way of the living, doesn't it?
Wonderful words, thanks. My Utmost for His Highest is one of my favorite books and a quote from it is always just what I needed to hear.
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