And he pitched his tent having Bethel on the west and Ai
on the east: and there he builded an altar.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what
you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God,
give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God
and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If
you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot,
as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a
spiritual thing for your self, it has to be given back to Him that He
may make it a blessing to others.
Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the
world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two. The measure of the
worth of our public activity for God is the private profound
communion we have with Him. Rush is wrong every time, there is always
plenty of time to worship God. Quiet days with God may be a snare. We
have to pitch our tents where we shall always have quiet times with
God, however noisy our times with the world may be. There are not
three stages in spiritual life - worship, waiting and work. Some of
us go in jumps like spiritual frogs, we jump from worship to waiting,
and from waiting to work. God's idea is that the three should go
together. They were always together in the life of Our Lord. He was
unhasting and unresting. It is a discipline, we cannot get into it
all at once.