Worship in Church . . . trumps Worship in Creation
Worship in Church . . .
. . . trumps Worship in Creation
Among the things I look forward to on my hunting trips to the woods is the opportunity to simply take a seat on a moss-covered log or with my back resting against a giant hickory and drink in all that is going on around me. I'm alone as I watch morning gently come alive. I see the hand of the Creator in all that is before me and I feel His presence and I thank Him for allowing me to be there.
I'm alerted to the soft sound of hooves on dry leaves as I watch a young doe forage for acorns among the fallen leaves, pausing to check her surroundings, and in a moment, flicking her tail to tell other deer that may be nearby that all is safe as she moves on. What a special moment it is to be there with that deer and soak it all in, thanking God for the privilege of sharing these quiet woods with one of His creatures.
Reflecting on this quiet meeting I have had with the Almighty, I feel warm and fuzzy inside. Then I pause as I hear to the distant strains of "Amazing Grace" filtering through the trees, sounds drifting from the open windows of a small country church a quarter mile away. People are worshiping the same God with which I have just had an encounter so I'm satisfied that just as these people were worshiping, so was I.
Upon my return home, I pick up my Bible to read my daily devotional which happens to be centered on a passage of scripture, Hebrews 10:25 (KJV), that gives me pause . . .
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the day approaching."
I am convicted by what I read and I realize that although I just had an encounter with God in the woods, He expects more. I realize the phrase, "as the manner of some is," is pointed directly at me. I am convicted that my friends and family at church need me, and I need them for sharing, fellowship, encouragement, and enrichment.
Worshipping God in His creation is valuable, but more importantly, worshipping Him in His house with fellow believers, "exhorting one another," is of greater value.
Award-winning Outdoors Writer/Broadcaster, who is married to Kay.
Deacon, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team - Extended Week-day Free Devotions -- Vol. XII, No. 07-45G -- Archived
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