And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, ~~ Genesis 48:15 [emphasis mine]
The “he” in the verse above is Jacob, otherwise known as Israel, and the word “Raah” as a descriptor of God means tending like a shepherd. We find a perfect description of what that means in Psalm 23.
Our churches today seem to have a problem. Waning attendance, disagreement in policies, preaching a social gospel and focusing on programs beleaguer many of us.
Perhaps we ought to rethink why we attend church. Do we go to be fed? Can we eat only one meal a week and thrive?
One of my precious friends was struggling with her church. She did not agree with many of the tenets taught in that denomination. But it was her husband’s church, so she went faithfully – she and all her children. She was a woman of God, loved God with all her heart. She studied and sang and read and prayed. But church was a disappointment to her every week.
Eventually, she came to a peace about things. When I questioned how she came to that peace, she replied “I finally realized that I do not go to church to be fed. I go to worship the One Who Feeds Me.”
Why do we go to church? Do we go to be seen by the “right” people? Is it to show off our finery? Are we looking for ways to criticize the pastor? Do we want to feel superior to someone else?
We go to worship the One Who Feeds Us. No other reason is valid. Everything else is an excuse or rationalization.
Help us to follow You daily. Keep us faithful in reading Your Word. Make us ever mindful that You are the one who feeds us. Let us never swallow the half-truths of the enemy. Grant that we may faithfully worship You and You alone.
In Jesus’ most precious name.
Psalm 23 (KJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:for thou art with me;thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.