January 6 Worship
“And he pitched his tent having Bethel on the west and Ai on the east:
and there he builded 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.