April 4

Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26; Luke 10:38-11:13; Psalm 76:1-12; Proverbs 12:15-17

Do you have a personal altar where you meet God? At key points in Scripture we see an altar being built as a meeting place with God. Moses told the people to erect two structures: one was a place to inscribe the commands of God and one as a place of Worship.

God established for Israel a way for them to constantly stay in line with His purpose and live a meaningful life. They needed the Word of God (the commands of God) and an altar (a place to worship). Moses instructed that the law be written and that offerings were to be brought to the altar.

This is the model for our lives. If you will keep the Word of God as the center of your life and live a life of worship (which includes prayer) you will always be on target to fulfill your purpose.

When Jesus was at Mary and Martha’s house, Martha criticized Mary because she spent her time at Jesus’ feet. Martha was content with serving to ensure that everyone’s needs were met. But Mary would not leave Jesus’ presence. Some people will make a choice to do one or the other. But, God requires both. God gets our worship and people get our service. Start your day with God’s Word and worship, then spend the rest of your day in service to others. That’s God’s way and it works!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Deuteronomy 28:1-68; Luke 11:14-36; Psalm 77:1-20; Proverbs 12:18

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