“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.”
Hebrews 11:17-19, NIV
Life in the modern world revolves around the clock, the calendar, and the calculator. We are directed by deadlines and accustomed to appointments. Some of the appointments we face are anxiety-producing and some are joy-producing. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes that there is an appointed time for everything under the sun. There is a time to be born and a time to die. Between these two fixed points are a variety of appointments, but none are as significant as the appointments we face with God at His altar.
An altar is a place where man meets God. The cross of Jesus Christ is the altar that gives us peace with God and access to Him. When we come to this altar, we must come in total surrender. This is the altar of salvation.
There are times when we must meet God at the altar of separation. Romans 12:1-2 declares our need “to present ourselves as living sacrifices unto God.” We are to live our lives in such a way as to reflect His purity and holiness in us.
In a world that proclaims the need to take hold and grasp, we are further called to the altar of sacrifice…letting go and trusting God. Abraham faced the most intense test possible when He was called upon to present his son, Isaac, to God. Yet, God honored His faith and His obedience. When faith and obedience meet, we can proclaim “Jehovah Jireh” – “The Lord will provide.” (Genesis 22:12-13)
“Faith transforms a painful sacrifice into a joyful service of worship.”
– David H. McKinley
QUESTION: Have you met God at the altar of salvation? Is God calling you to a time of surrender or sacrifice? Meet Him now and find grace and mercy for your need.