Tozer Devotional

Thu, June 20, 2019

God at the Center

After Jacob's first memorable encounter with God in the wilderness, he called the place Bethel, which means "the house of God." Many years later, after he had suffered and sinned and repented, and discovered the worthlessness of all earthly things, he renamed the place, Elbethel; literally "the God of the house of God." Thus Jacob had shifted his emphasis from the sacred place to the God he had met there. God Himself now took the center of his interest. We need to consider that many Christians never get beyond Beth-el. God is in their thoughts but He has not been given first place. Faithfulness to the local church is a good thing; but when the church becomes so large and important that it hides God from our eyes, it may become a good thing wrongly used. Always God must be first—and we ought never forget that the church was never intended to substitute for God! What is our primary interest? Is it Bethel or Elbethel? Is it my church or my Lord? Is it my creed or my Christ?

Verse

He built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him. Genesis 35:7

Thought

Faithfulness to the local church is a good thing; but when the church becomes so large and important that it hides God from our eyes, it may become a good thing wrongly used.

Prayer

Lord, keep Your church always, the house of God.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Renewed Day by Day Chapter -

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