Text: Genesis 33-36; Psalm 10
As Jacob makes his return to Canaan, the Promised Land, he sojourns at Succoth for a while. Then, God tells him to go to Bethel to dwell (Genesis 35:1). He instructs him to build an altar there, a reminder that the life of his family should be one of worship. In response, Jacob has his family make preparations:
So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” (Genesis 35:2-3)
I am reminded that we need to make preparations for our life with God, even our day with God. We need to throw away the things that draw our attention away from Him, confess and repent from sin, and “change our garments.” And, we walk with our destination in view (the altar at Bethel) – a life of worship. That’s a pretty good checklist for the start of every Christian’s day.
- I have only one Lord (what is it that motivates me this day?). Check.
- I have no sin which I have left uncofessed our plan to continue. Check.
- I have put on the new me rather than the old, before Jesus me (am I going to live by the Spirit or by the flesh today?). Check.
- I will worship the Lord with all I do today. Check.
in Him, Mike