6.17.2013

Abram - Worshiping God Because Of Who He Is - Monday Reflections

"Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb." - Genesis 12:1-9

I sat down to read through some of the Scriptures my pastor had used for the Sunday morning teaching.

As I sat and read the above verses I stopped and thought about how Abram, while journeying through a place he's never been and not knowing exactly where the Lord was leading him, still made time to build not one, but two altars to worship the Lord. TWO ALTARS. Um, I hate to admit it, but some days when I don't have a whole bunch of time in the morning for worship and Bible reading, I read the Word and then neglect to ever get any worship time in. Abram is walking through the desert! If he found time, so can I.

Anyway, that's not the point of this post. I was really led to ask myself a couple questions that I want you to ask yourself too,

  • Do we worship God regardless of our circumstances (true worship)? Or do we only worship Him for real when everything appears to be going well?
  • Are we drawn to worship God when we see the promises He's spoken over us? (If not, may I suggest that we really aren't believing or understanding those promises?)
Abram was worshiping God because of who He is, because of the promises He knows the Lord spoke over him. Are you doing that? I've at times been tempted to think that maybe God was punishing me by not giving _______ that I prayed for and forgetting how good the Lord is, I think well, should I worship You now? Umm... YEAH! Because regardless of feelings GOD IS GOOD! Regardless of circumstances, GOD IS GOOD!

God never changes. He is always faithful. Does that not excite you!? It should lead us to worship the Lord every time we think about it! Therefore, let's worship our unchanging and faithful God! Have a blessed Monday, y'all!

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