We’d race to the door to find out who it could be.
Reference: “Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.” Exodus 29:45 NIV
Explore: These days, in our world of communication, we can contact anyone at any time. It’s rare, therefore, for someone to pop over to our house unannounced.
Growing up before the mobile phone we would often hear the doorbell or a knock on the door. It would be a surprise as to who was there, and as children we’d race to the door to find out who it could be.
But now the least someone will do is shoot a text message saying they’re in the area and popping over, is it ok?
To be honest, I do prefer a little notice on someone’s visit. That way I can make sure the house is ready for them when they arrive.
I can make sure I’m appropriately dressed, the house is relatively clean and there are the right sort of toys for their children to play with. I can even make sure there’s food in the house to offer them.
Being prepared for a guest makes them feel much more welcome.
Application: When the Israelites were setting up to worship they were given instructions on how to prepare the way for God. These days we might just open up in prayer but they killed animals and performed rituals.
I guess my house preparation is a ritual of sorts to welcome in my guests. Likewise the Israelites had their rituals to welcome in God.
Our access to God is incredible. We can connect with Him anywhere, anytime.
I guess the downside to that is we may not prepare ourselves enough for His presence. We don’t allow ourselves the commitment and physical actions to make way for God, we just hope He hears us.
Without having to go and slaughter a sheep, it’s good for us to consider how we might prepare ourselves for God’s presence when it comes to a time of worship.
Prayer: Lord, You have prepared the way, through Christ, for us all to come to You. May we make way for You and Your presence in our times of worship. Amen.
How can you physically prepare yourself for God?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.