Genesis 26:24-25 “And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.”
Abraham met God many times throughout his life. He was the fire that walked through the sacrifice. He met him in the form of Melchesidek. He came to him before He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. He showed him the multitude of stars to represent his inheritance. He commanded him to sacrifice Isaac.
God called Abraham His Friend.
James 2:23 “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”
Isaac, his son, met God here in this passage. Receiving the promise given to his father Abraham, he built an altar to commemorate the place where He met God. Every time he passed by that way, he was reminded of the meeting and the promise he received from God.
There is a special place in my former place of employment that I can take you and show you the spot where I knely underneath some bushes and received Jesus as my Savior. Over time, the company built an addition over it. But, I discerned the place just the same.
There were early mornings and sometimes late nights when I would stop and kneel by that place and thank God for His salvation and His promises to me. But that place is no longer accessible to me now. So, does that mean God is no longer accessible?
I am promised that he will “…never leave me nor forsake me.”
So, the same God I met underneath those bushes on June 19th, 1990, is the same God I bow to every day of my life.
Bethel means the house of God. Those bushes represented my Bethel – the place where I met God. El-Bethel means the God of the house of God. I take with me every moment of the day, the God of the house of God. My God tells me:
Psalms 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
You and I have the opportunity every day of our lives and many times throughout the day to come to our Bethel to meet the God of the house of God. Paul tells us in Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
There are many people who live in the same house with someone and they simply coexist in a shared place. There is no interaction except the pleasantries of passing by one another. Sadly, there are some who are saved that coexist with the Holy Spirit of God without much interaction throughout their day.
Often, I am either convicted or in dire need of bowing my knee and talking to God personally; intimately. I find some place in my house where I can be alone; unheard by those there to call on my God in prayer. Jesus tells us to find a special place to meet Him.
Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
Many of us either enjoy being around people; others not so much. But how much do you and I enjoy being around God? Do you long for His presence? Do you seek Him and wait on Him to answer?
Sometimes I just need to feel His presence and know that He is still there. I have come to Him to seek that calming reassurance that only comes when He shows up.
I tell Him of my love for Him. I tell of my gratitude and thanks for saving my sorry, wretched soul. I confess of any and all things that stand between us because I want to know and fell that love and acceptance that comes when He draws near.
Sometimes I talk – other times I sit and wait to feel His presence. My God… My Father in Heaven, is the sweetest presence I have ever felt in my life. I acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to help me to pray.
I speak to Jesus so very personally; because He knows very intimately what it is I am facing.
Hebrews 2:17-18 “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
In human form, He felt and experienced much of what we face every day – except sin. But that too… He came to restore what our sin keeps us from – fellowship with Himself.
It is high time that the people of God coveted after the power and presence of Almighty God to regain the spirit of confidence that comes from meeting with El-Bethel. Don’t be fooled into thinking we are too busy or we just don’t have the time.
There is nothing more important; more needed; more urgent for today. Even if you need to close yourself in your closet to find the quiet place to meet Him – He will meet you!