When the Altar is Painful…Stay There…It Holds a Great Purpose

Then Joshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it…. (Ezra 3:2).

Before the Israelites started to rebuild the foundations of the temple, they chose to offer sacrifices to the Lord their God. I can’t help but think about how much this relates to my life. There were many things I sacrificed to the Lord because, quite frankly, He asked me to. I can’t that I really wanted to. I just knew that I had to. In the end, I sacrificed my time, talent, treasures and dreams.
 
Can I be really honest? That was hard. It was difficult to let go of the things I loved and trust God with something better. There were days, weeks and months when I was weary of continually offering up myself as a sacrifice. I was tired of offering up my dreams, over and over again to the Lord. I was ready for Him to start building, but He still had some work to do in me first.
 
He still had some tearing down of idols, fears, and insecurities. In all of this, He was teaching me that He is the Lord and there is no other. Trust me, sitting upon the altar is painful. It’s gut-wrenching, but it is, on all accounts, very purposeful.
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Months ago, the Lord spoke to me, “Heather, prepare your fields for rain.” At that time, I didn’t understand or know what He meant but now, I am experiencing His rain. Truly, He is a good and loving God to His people.  In fact, I am overwhelmed out His outpouring of grace and joy upon my life.  
 
Do not grow weary of laying yourself upon God’s altar. Trust me, it is for your good. It’s the place where God starts to transform our hearts. He’ll start building and sending the rain for a great harvest, just keep offering yourself as a sacrifice and watch Him work.
 
Lord, why would I ever doubt you? Truly, you are the matchless King. There is no one like you in all the earth. Thank you for loving me. Abba, daddy, thank you for changing me. Although at times, I hated the altar, I am so thankful for it. Thank you for always being there with me and offering me your grace. You are so good to me, in Jesus name, Amen.

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