A Place Called Yonder – Dr. Tim Hill

Dr. Tim Hill -Singer - Songwriter - Author - Director of Church of God World Missions
Dr. Tim Hill -Singer – Songwriter – Author – Director of Church of God World Missions

 Genesis 22:1-5 … “The lad and I will go yonder and worship.

Abraham’s reaction to God’s command to sacrifice Isaac upon the altar was “Yes.”

A firm yes?

I don’t know; you’ll have to ask Abraham someday. His actions indicate obedience but human nature dictates that struggle, questions, and maybe even some doubt could have played “tug-o-war” with Abraham’s faith. It usually does with mine when I attempt to “lay it all on the altar,” as they say.

Any way you calculate the equation, the sum total equals to total surrender.

The first time the word “worship” is used in Scripture is here in this story. Trust in worship is the real theme of this whole story. Does our worship carry the value of total trust and abandonment to God’s provision?

Abraham’s experience teaches us three strong lessons about worship:

1. Enter into worship carrying only the things conducive to the experience. Abraham took the wood, the fire, and a knife. Anything else was considered excess baggage.

How much excess baggage did you take to church last Sunday?

Worry, anger, ego, hurt, or hard feelings?

2. Make time to Worship.

Abraham took three days to travel to the foothills of Mt. Moriah and there he was finally able to view the worship destination; he was still some distance away.

How hurried are you when you get into God’s presence?

3. Finally, Abraham separated himself from those that just “tagged along” for the ride. Two young men accompanied him and Isaac to make sure the donkey carrying all the provisions made the trip. Some people are great “donkey maintainers,” but they aren’t focused on worship.

Are you willing to separate yourself from the crowd in order to reach the higher places to which God has called you?

There is a place in worship that Abraham called “Yonder.”

It’s further than we typically go.

It’s higher than we usually climb.

It costs more than we normally are willing to pay.

The rewards, however, are incredibly fulfilling, for there we find the promises and provision of God Himself.

Tim Hill

Dr Timothy Hill

Dr. Timothy Hill currently serves as General Overseer of the Church of God. He has also served as the general director of World Missions; First Assistant General Overseer; Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God; and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. Hill graduated from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2006. Hill has released a book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” which has also been translated into Spanish. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 32 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. Hill is the author of the number one song, “He’s Still in the Fire,” which was voted as Song of the Year by Gospel Voice Magazine.
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