2 Tim. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
We have spent a lot of time in the past devotionals discussing the “how” in meeting God in a place of worship. (1) We must deal with sin correctly, (2) we must offer the acceptable sacrifice of worship meaning that we come to God His way and not our way, (3) we must be obedient no matter what the cost and (4) we must have a grateful heart. Now I would like to look at the “place” where we meet God in worship.
Where do we meet God? Where do we worship Him? Every culture has set apart certain places to meet with God. In a lot of denominations the "special" place is in the front of the church kneeling at the altar bench.
In Gen.2 we saw that God planted a Garden and placed man there to meet with Him each day. There was no building, no structure, no Tabernacle, just a place where God and man met to have fellowship together. God has wanted the place where we meet Him for worship to be a joyful place. We have said before that Adam and Eve’s worship experience with God was pure and unhindered before the fall.
First of all Adam was sensitive to God’s voice. This is something we seem to have difficulty with in these days because we are sensitive and listen to the voices of the world.
Secondly, Adam and Eve were submissive to God’s will. This is also difficult today in that we live in a society that screams at us to exercise our own rights and will.
Thirdly, Adam and Eve were obedient up to the point were they ate from the forbidden tree. We don’t know how long they walked with God before this act of disobedience, but the implication of Scriptures seems to have Adam and Eve in a sweet relationship and fellowship time with the Father. God wanted Adam to name all the animals. We see Adam’s obedience in following His wishes.
When we walk with the Lord in forgiveness, purity, righteousness, and obedience, then the Father will led us into ACTS of worship and PLACES of worship. In other words, we will do what He wants us to do at the place He wants us to do it. Why did our Lord Jesus Christ pick the garden to spend His last hours in prayer before facing the cross? Because the Father directed Him there. Find the place where you seem to be sensitive to the Father's voice and meet with the King of Glory there.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.