Going to God’s House

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Ecclesiastes 5:1

This verse deals with “going to God’s house.”  I was raised in the home of a pastor and, as such, going to church was always a big deal.  Obviously there was never any question as to whether or not we were going.  And, while in church, I always had to at least somewhat behave because no matter where I sat, Dad could see me.  I developed the habit of going to church.  That is a good habit to develop, but just going to church is not good enough.  Going to church in itself isn’t going to do anything for you.  You have got to get something out of it.  And this verse gives us some good advice on preparing ourselves for going to church.

We are told to “keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God.”  God’s house is a holy place.  We don’t go there to play.  We don’t go there to work.  We don’t go there out of a sense of duty.  We go there to meet with God.  We need to bring that attitude to church with us- we are coming to meet God.  I once heard a man say that when we are getting ready to go to church, we are not just doing any old thing.  We are going to meet the King.

We are also told to “be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools.”  I think that the sacrifice of fools is just showing up to “keep up appearances” or “out of habit” or flippantly.  When we go to church, we need to be ready to hear and receive whatever it is that the Lord has for us.  If we don’t go with open ears and open hearts, we are basically wasting our time.

When we go to the house of God, let us prepare ourselves to receive all that He has for us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. When we think about going to church to meet our King . . .well, that makes the heart beat faster and the longing to go becomes very real and necessary! Thanks, Ben!


    • For me, thinking about that has really changed my attitude toward going to church. I’m excited to go, and sometimes it even gets to the point of a nervous excitement. But it is very real and very necessary. Time to go for me in a couple hours!


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