“And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him…” Genesis 35:7
Did you hear about the mother who took her 10 children to Chuck E Cheese’s to celebrate her 5-year old daughter’s birthday, and only brought 9 children home, leaving the birthday girl behind? AND, she didn’t even notice the girl missing until the next morning, by which time she was in the custody of Child Protective Services! Talk about having a party and forgetting who it was for!
Whose Birthday was it anyway?
You say, I’d never do that!
But do you? … Do I?
Every Sunday, we go to Church. We sing. We pray. We read our Bibles together. We listen to God’s Word being preached. We talk with fellow believers…
But do we forget Who we are there to Worship?
I confess, sometimes I do!
Sometimes I get so busy about the “business” of Church, that I forget the Reason I am there!
Our Pastor reminded us of this in a recent sermon about Jacob. In Genesis chapter 28, Jacob had met with God when he saw his famous ladder, and he said “surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (verse 16). So he built an altar there and called the place Bethel – which means ‘house of God’ (‘El’ means God). So, a few chapters later, in chapter 35, Jacob had sort of forgotten about God, and gone back to his old deceitful ways of doing things, and it hadn’t turned out well. And God, in His great mercy and grace, called to Jacob to go back to Bethel. Back to the place where he had met with the Lord before. So that he could draw nigh to Him again, and get his life back in order. Jacob goes back to Bethel, and he builds another altar, and he renames it “El-beth-El”, which means ‘the GOD of the house of God’. You see, he forgot about the God that he was supposed to be worshiping and following. And when he came back to God, God reminded him of His promises to him.
Dear reader, do you find yourself going through the motions of devotions? Do you find yourself just ‘doing church’?
Sometimes I do too!
We need to get back to ‘the GOD of the house of God’ – El-Beth-El, and “draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). Let Him remind you of all of His promises to you. He loves you, He will always be with you, He will never let you be plucked from His hand, He will guide and teach you, He will give you strength. And much more!
Then we can “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 96:9) and “true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him” (John 4:23).
Remember ‘the GOD of the house of God’ the next time you are in His house.
~Graced and Grateful Grammy
God’s house is GOD’S house