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Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

Genesis 13:18 (NASB)

The time I left Fife to journey down to Stockton-On-Tees to join Harry’s lads in the Baptist Tabernacle house for young men was a big deal, not many mining village lads ventured far from home. Yet here I was leaving to travel on a 6 hour by coach southwards to Cleveland, south of Northumbria. I gave up my council flat and downsized to one big travelling bag, in which space was at a premium. Of all that was in that bag I made certain that there was space for my Bible; God was going with me in my heart and in my luggage too.

In the beginning of Abram’s story we see a man who was determined to follow God, and seek His presence wherever he went. Today’s verse is one of four that I read in my recent Bible reading that show Abram seeking God when a decision was needed (Genesis 12:7, 12:8, 13:4, 13:18). But in this early part of Abram’s story we find a moment where he does not seek God and travels into Egypt under the guise of lies told to Pharaoh, thus Abram did things his way rather than seeking God’s way (Genesis 12:10-20). In this we see the beauty of God’s love at work in Abram’s predestined path; God knew that this would happen and prepared a way for Abram to get back on His Way for his future service.

Dear reader, have you built an altar in your life, even you heart, for your Father God? Is His Holy Word not just in your travelling bag, but in your mind and the steps you walk? If you like Abram have taken a detour in your walk with God, get back on track and seek Him at your altar. Make Him central to your every hour, the source of your every breath, and the Light that everyone sees in you each day.

23 thoughts on “Building An Altar

  1. I like how you note that God knew Abram would get off track—with the “she’s my sister” ruse. Rather than let Abram fail, a merciful Heavenly Father already had a plan. I can do relate. I’ve lost count of the times God has bailed me out of something I did with best intentions—but without consulting Him. Great thoughts, brother. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you David. I think it is an important filter we must read the Bible through; that it is all part of God’s predestined plan of Salvation from Genesis to Revelation. Thank you for your precious encouragement brother, God bless you. 🙏

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  2. Doing things my way rather than seeking God’s way has led me to many snares. So grateful for His love and mercy and the lessons learned.
    Thank you for the uplifting devotional.
    God bless you .

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    1. Thank you brother, it is a must do in which I struggle to find adequate words from my heart.
      May our Father provide all you need today, guide your steps, reading and your writing. May you find a place to rest in His care today. Amen.🙏

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  3. I like how you worded that question Alan- “Is His Holy Word not just in your travelling bag, but in your mind and the steps you walk?” It makes me think of the scripture song “This little light of mine I’m going to make it shine. . . . Hide it under a bushel no, I’m going to let it shine.” If the Word stays tucked away in our traveling bag without influencing our steps and actions then it certainly isn’t shining very brightly to the world in which we’re traveling through and to.

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    1. Thank you Beth, especially for the reminder of one of my favourite Kid’s scripture songs, which is very pertinent here. May we continue to shine for Him today!

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