Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 November 2019

When You Build Your Altar To Late
“And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there. And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD. And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God. And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.
(1 Samuel 14:34-37)

Today’s Morsel: While Saul sat under a pomegranate tree because of fear, his son Jonathan and his armor bearer were taking the fight to the Philistine by the power of God. When Saul chose to build and altar to seek after God, he got no answer.  Saul seems to always find himself being rejected by God for his disobedience and poor leadership.  We must not wait until we are facing trouble to build an altar to seek God.  The Lord told Moses to inform Aaron and his sons that they never let the fire go out of the altar.  We must also come daily before our altar in prayer, worship, and praise, seeking  God for His direction and guidance.  If we seek Him daily and keep the oil and fire in our altar fresh, our disobedience against Him and His word will be greatly diminished.

Sing: Let the fire of my altar never burn out.  Let the fire of my altar never burn out.  Let the fire of my altar never burn out; make me house, make me a house of prayer.

Thought For Today: Don’t ever let the fire go out of the altar.

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