Throughout time, humanity has consistently desired to worship something
We can read about Ancient Rome, or even, compare it to the modern era of striving for bigger and better, but God knew that our hearts would ultimately want to glorify any idol that was before us
This is why in Exodus 20, God tells the Israelites not to build an idol of Himself, but to worship Him from a place of dirt and uncut stone
I know for myself that I have favoured churches with the latest high-tech gear, outstanding worship, on-point preaching, and comfortable chairs. Yet, I have realised that it became more about my comfortability and standards than worshipping God in the purest form
How many of us have shunned a night to worship Jesus because there has been a mid-winter storm? Or perhaps we have had an offended heart because the worship leader changed, and therefore, we have stopped going to church or a season? The issue has never been about desiring something, but it’s about desiring something above God
Friends, we need to realign our hearts to God and worship Him instead of the idols before us. An idol might be the time of day church starts. Our favourite preacher is away on a sabbatical. Or, we are merely tired
Yet, God asked for His altar to be made of dirt and uncut stone for a reason. I believe it is because He knew that humanity would end up worshipping the gold or silver, rather than the purpose of why we were there in the first place!
I feel that God is calling His children back to worship in the dirt and uncut stone
I believe – if we are completely honest – that most of our hearts worship something other than God when we come to the altar. But there is hope, because God has opened His heart to reconciliation since the Israelites left Egypt, and therefore, the only question is, when we worship, are we face down in the dirt?