The Simple grand Ceremony of Faith


When you read the ending of Exodus and the book of Leviticus, it can seem like a lot: entire books, chapters and paragraphs on how to worship God: the altar of burnt & grain offering, and the laver to wash before you enter the tabernacle of meeting: the ephod and robe and tunic of the high priest before entering the tabernacle room of the holy: The lampstand, showbread table and altar of incense, and the veil separating the ark of the Testimony in the room of the Most Holy. The irony of course is that you can forget God in making such a grand ceremony of your faith that you need to do in order that you may remember God.

It took me almost a year until I was finally able to begin doing a silent prayer with consistency, daily. For me, my ephod and lamp or testimony ark is just to set a timer for 12 minutes twice a day, and observe my thoughts. I talk to God throughout the day, but I noticed that when I stopped my silent prayer, it was kinda like how when Moses left the Israelites with Aaron to be with God on Mount Sinai and they immediately began worshipping a golden calf: they needed something because they couldn’t see God anymore, and I began becoming overwhelmed again by that, the fact that I was believing into those thoughts, that became feelings that again began overwhelming me. It took me almost a year from the time I surrendered to God to understand that I needed to relearn practices designed to keep me with Him.

Maybe it’s a candle for you, or a Bible or church, but not to get caught up in the most expensive Bible or scent of the candle or the church itself to replace God; You just need a simple ceremony of consistent practice to help remind you that He’s there, even when you can’t see Him; your faith depends on that.