Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools… Ecc. 5:1
Can you imagine a conversation recorded in the Old Testament where people stand around and debate whether they will attend the Festivals or Sacrifices?! “Oh I don’t know Joe I think its Robert leading it this time and he just, well, he just gets a little too excited for my taste, uses his hands too much and he tends to go long so I think I’ll skip this sacrifice for sin.” NO!!! Of course not!! OR can you imagine the angels after a day of singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.” walking out saying. “Uh, I don’t know I just wasn’t feeling it today, everyone was kind of off for my liking.” NO!!! But isn’t this just the kind of trap so much of this self gratifying society has fallen into? Trap: Steps unguarded.
Moses: On his way to Egypt to confront Pharaoh about setting God’s people free was almost killed for not circumcising his son. (Exodus 4:24-26)
Ananias and Sapphira: Both fell down and just died on the spot for having lied to God, testing His Spirit, deceitfully withholding some of the earnings from the sale of their land. (Acts 5:1-10)
Uzzah: Struck down dead on the spot for reaching out to take hold of the Ark before it fell when the oxen pulling the cart stumbled. (2 Samuel 6:6-7) For Numbers 4:15 says, But they must not touch the holy things or they will die.
In Genesis 4:7 God warns that sin is crouching at our door…but we must master it. Crouching, isn’t that just like sin to crouch and make itself seem smaller than it is so that we begin to rationalize until we are drowning in sin, trapped addicted, then sin rears its ugly head and is no longer crouching but consuming. It’s a slow fade, be on guard (1 Peter 5:8).
Have we forgotten or do we even understand God’s holiness and power? It’s like walking into the Doctors office. No matter how many times you have been there you have no problem getting to the exam room but it never fails does it, to get lost on your way out!!!! Tell me I’m not the only one that gets lost from the exam room to the lobby like every time!! You end up behind the front desk, the restroom, another exam room (hopefully it’s empty) but the lobby, the way out, has completely fallen off the building!
So quickly we forget what’s important in this self gratifying world! On the way in its all about what I need – I’m not focused on the bigger picture… am I taking it all in, am I remembering the path so that I can walk safely out and back home or will I stay trapped, trapped and stuck right where I am in my selfish pit forever?! Where is my focus, it will be on what I hold sacred. So what do you hold sacred?
Midwives: The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live….. So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. Exodus 1:17, 21
1 Corinthians 12:27 says, Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Cor. 4:1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Jeremiah 33:3 says if you call to him He will reveal great and unsearchable things you do not yet know!! Even the angels long to look into such things (1 Peter 1:12)!
Jesus I long to live more like the midwives, in reverent fear of You, to hold You Jesus- sacred, Your death on the cross in my place- sacred, Your forgiveness of my sins- sacred, Your rising from the grave conquering death for me so I could live eternally with You- sacred, communion: the opportunity to remember these things- sacred, baptism: choosing to die to self, to surrender my will my doubts, and choose to trust You to live new life in You- sacred. To freely come to a place to worship You, pray to You, ready Your Word- sacred. To allow Your all consuming fire to completely capture, enrapture and engulf my heart leaving me breathless with You and the joy that comes from fixing my eyes on You. Fix my focus, guard my steps, keep me on the path that leads to salvation in You Jesus.
No more wandering around lost at the “Doctor’s office”, keep my feet on the right path Lord.
Independent Read: 2 Chronicles 7:1-4, Psalm 18:27-32, Psalm 145:3