It’s time to build an altar to God. Okay maybe not a physical altar… yet in essence, we ought to each create a space and time and occasion to worship God for the promises he offers to his people. God is present in what he promises and faithful to complete them…
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.
Here we see God repeat his promise to Abram from Genesis 12, that he would make Abram a great nation. God had made that promise to Abram before he left Harran, and Abram and Sarai had been down to live in Egypt in the interim because of a famine in Canaan. Now back in the land which God promised, the Lord repeated his promise to Abram.
As we will see in the next chapters, Abram believed God. He built an altar to God and worshiped the Lord for his promises.
I think it’s important to consider that we don’t always have to wait until God answers our prayer or delivers on his promise to worship him. God’s promises are a representation of his character and his love for us. Therefore, we have God’s presence in his promise, and that’s worth worshiping.
What promises of God cover your life? For what could you praise God even today, with much hope remaining for the future? How about his to be with us always? Or his promise to carry our burdens? Or his promise to make our load light? Or his promise that we will be his witnesses? Or that we will be whole, without pain or blemish, in eternity?
Perhaps today is the day to build the altar,
Of worship for the promise of God.
He is good on his word.