Friday, November 8, 2013

Building Altars

A few nights ago I was posed with the question of "What do you do when you're losing your faith?"  it's a very good question that has caused me to think a lot in the past few days.  I think one of the best ways to deal with a season of doubting is to prepare yourself beforehand so that when something shakes you to your core you're better able to hold onto God and weather the storm.

Reading through the Old Testament you see many of the Patriarchs and the Israelite nation itself stop what they're doing to build an altar.  Abraham built one when he got to Canaan.  Jacob erected one after he wrestled with God.  The nation carried stones out of the Jordan as soon as they crossed into the Promised Land.  The Old Testament is full of people building altars.  But why?

Whenever something significant happened, people built an altar to commemorate the event.  So whenever they were walking in the countryside and passed that place, they were reminded of what God had done for them, their fathers, or their ancestors.  I think it's a brilliant idea we should emulate.

Surround yourself with momentos that remind you of how God has been faithful to you in the past.  It will bolster your faith in the present and it will help you better process through your thoughts and emotions when you're struggling with hard times.

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