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Approaching The Throne

July 17, 2009

“Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (HCSB)

Inspired by Francis Chan after reading the first chapter in his book, “Crazy Love,” I’ve been reflecting the past few days on my own response when I enter God’s presence.crazylove What do I do? Talk too much? Spend time in silent meditation? Am I consumed with my cares so much that I loose sight of who He is? That, so eloquently written by Chan, He is the star in this movie and I am a mere extra.

Or have I become what Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 29:13, “Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service – yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship [consists of] man-made rules learned [by rote]”? Am I on auto-pilot? It’s easy to do, especially since I was raised in church from birth. Even in the charismatic world, everyone knew if the Holy Spirit was going to move (i.e. someone speaking in tongues) it almost always happened at the same time during the service.

And then these words from Charles Spurgeon really hit close to home, “It is not because you enter a church and sit in a pew that you are before God. To seek the shrines that have been most eminently regarded by the church, to stand by the site of that little skull-like hill called Calvary and pray there, to go to Olivet and bow your knee in Gethsemane, does not necessarily bring you before God. The nearer we are to the church, sometimes, the farther we are from God. We can be in the very center of the prayer meeting and not be “before God” at all. Praying before God is a more spiritual business than is performed by merely turning to the east or to the west or bowing the knee or entering within the walls hallowed for ages.”

So I end, not with an answer, but with more questions.
John-David Meissner

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