Building The Altar Moments In Life

Published by Pastor Mike on

Life is a fickle beast.  It has its ups and its downs.  It has its joys and it has its tears.  We are on the ride of our lives in this theme park filled with emotional roller coasters.  We, humans, are skin and bones that wraps an emotional soul.

Emotions can be a great thing as it forces us to look in the mirror and truly be honest.  No more fake facades and no half meaning smiles.  Just raw emotions.  It can cause us to love someone deeply, to feel immense pain for someone, to have a passion for life, or to realize that we are hurting.  Most importantly emotions if we allow them can draw us into a place of complete awe, adoration, and to be completely captivated and dependent upon our Savior.

The sad thing is that I see so many people become ashamed of their emotional state.  People who think that unless they are perfect they are considered a weak believer or even in sin.  However, I feel like if we can identify our emotions it can bring us the greatest healing, hope, and strength.  David was the greatest example of that in the book of Psalms in one instance he would be crying out how the world was crashing all around him, but towards the end of those passages, he would conclude that though he is weak his God is strong and will rescue him.  I heard a quote once that said “it’s ok to sit on the pity pot just don’t stay there long enough to get a ring around your butt!”

There is nothing wrong with identifying and feeling our emotions.  Where that becomes dangerous is when we stay in our emotions and don’t look to our God for strength.

So how do you find strength in God? YOU REMEMBER!

6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’7 Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.” – JOSHUA 4:6-7

I love these verses! God does a great miracle and Joshua tells them to build a memorial an altar.  He says when the generations of people who come after us see this memorial they will REMEMBER the great miracle our God did today.  When they may be filled with doubt or stress may remember a time when God rescued His people.  When they are filled with an overwhelming emotion may they remember when God held back the overwhelming waters of the Jordan river and allowed us to walk into the promise land. May they REMEMBER!

We must build the altar moments in our lives.  It’s those moments that make us realize exactly what Paul meant when he said “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” It is not my strength that gives me peace it is the strength of my savior and it is when I can remember all the times he has already been faithful in my life.

Build the altar moments and REMEMBER!

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