This morning on my drive to work I was listening to a podcast that reminded me that we are transformed from within to become all the Lord wants us to be. Then I read this morning’s reading, praising the Lord for revealing Himself, which He is always ready to do if we seek Him. “He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel (El Bethel), because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.” (Gen 35:7) The meaning of God’s name, El Bethel, is The God of the House of God.
As Christ dwells within us (Gal 2:20), our bodies are God’s temple. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20) The way the Lord designed to guide us is in our choosing to spend time in His Word and in prayer with Him. That way, as we walk with Him, we will reach the destination He has for us.
El Bethel abide in me. Set up Your home in the very depths of my soul. Let Your words dwell in me that I may know and live by them and for You. Reveal to me the sin I must confess and turn from that I may be pure and blameless in Your sight. Show me how to best honor You through this temple which you have set up within me. Guide me in my eating habits, in my entertainment choices and even in what I wear so that your house – El Bethel – that is in me may glorify You in all that I do. Grant me the discernment to know how to reflect You well. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.