When Abram arrived in Canaan, the land of promise, the Lord made a special appearance to him. This prompted Abram to build an altar and this became a pattern. The Lord would appear to him at strategic times and he would build an altar. The altar was used to offer sacrifice. It symbolized Abram offering himself unreservedly to God.
We all need an altar. We need to come to an altar point periodically where we renew and deepen our commitment to God. This could involve a special physical place. But the real significance of the altar is a point where we yield to what God is calling us to.
As we walk and talk with the Lord, he calls us to witness for him in various ways to people he brings our way.. He challenges us to greater and higher spiritual planes. The Lord calls us to love him more. He draws us to greater works and commitment.
All of these strategic points of realizing God calling us to greater things requires the sacrifice of saying yes to the Lord. The song goes, “I’ll say yes, Lord yes, to your will and to your way. I’ll say yes, Lord yes, to your will and to your way.” This yes develops our covenant with the Lord, increasing our awareness of his care and provision as we yield more and more to him.
We will follow Abraham’s altar points in the next few days to enhance our understanding of an altar relationship with the Lord.