And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
Genesis 12 8
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Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Hai 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.
Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest
Christians have allowed the world to determine how we celebrate the Savior’s birth. So much so that it isn’t about God’s gift to humanity any longer, now it is about a man in a red suit bringing presents. But only if you have been good. Praise God that He doesn’t follow Santa’s guidelines.
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
They have altered the timetable also. We now begin Christmas before Thanksgiving and ignore the season of Advent completely. Christmas is over on December twenty-sixth and we focus on the new year’s celebration.
Advent is a season. Christmas is a season. Don’t rush through them. Take the time to ponder the meaning of both. Take the time to worship God who created you; the God who redeemed you; the God who loves you.
John the Baptist cried out to his people:
Prepare ye the way of the LORD!
We have to pitch our tents where we shall always have quiet times with God,
however noisy our times with the world may be.
Where have you pitched your tent?