In spirit and in truth

I had a couple of other posts in mind this morning, but as I was reading new posts from my Bloglines, I was about to fall asleep in my chair (not because of the posts! 🙂 ) So I gave up and decided I would have a more productive day if I went ahead and took a nap. Then there were errands to run and such.

But something came to mind that I did want to share just quickly. In light of my last post and some of the discussion over at Everyday Mommy’s lately, this verse came to mind:

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.

We tend to think sometimes that as long as we’re sincere, it doesn’t really matter how we worship. But it wasn’t quite that way with Uzzah who reached out a hand to steady the ark or Nadab and Abihu who offered “strange fire” before the Lord. We forget, since God doesn’t usually handle things that way in these days, that that is how He feels when His instructions are violated. True, we don’t have the specifications that they did in their day. But God has given us His Word both so that we might know Him and that we might live as He wants us to. He wants us to worship not just in spirit but in truth.

1 thought on “In spirit and in truth

  1. It’s neat to see what you wrote about here. I read this when I got home from school and was reminded of our conversation this morning in Bible class. We talked briefly about the Ark of the Covenant and how even doing things with good intentions cost a man his life because he disobeyed God’s command and steadied the Ark with his hand. Although we live in the age of “grace,” I asked my students if God is different now than He was back then. Of course, they said “NO!” It was a good reminder to me that God still desires the same obedience of us. I am thankful that we get more chances before we are struck dead, but His heart still longs for our obedience!

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