An Altar, A Tent and A Well!

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“Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.” Genesis 26:25

Though Isaac’s story is told in only two chapters of the Bible (24&26). However, you won’t want to pass it over because Isaac’s life was by no means insignificant. Even down to the present day, we still speak of “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Isaac was the child of promise that Abraham had waited in faith for, he carried on the line of God’s plan and was used by God to set apart the next generation. Isaac himself lived a life of faith, and carved out for himself the place God had predestined for him in history.

I believe we find three things in the life of Isaac and in our reading today which are symbolic of spiritual necessities for anyone who desires to live a life of faith. Genesis 26:25, we see Isaac building AN ALTAR, he pitched HIS TENT, and his servants dug A WELL”.

An ALTAR speaks of DEDICATION and SACRIFICE. A place of meeting and worshiping the God of the universe. An altar is where you make your sacrifices to God. Paul begs us “to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God – holy and acceptable.”
A TENT speaks of DETACHMENT. Notice, he pitched a tent, he didn’t build a house. Isaac was ready to go anywhere God asked him to. As Christians, we are pilgrims passing through this world. We must remain DETACHED from this world and all that it holds dear. Jim Elliot said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose”.
And lastly a well. A WELL speaks of SUSTENANCE and DEPENDENCE. Isaac didn’t give up digging wells, because for him, it was a matter of life and death. It was a matter of digging or dying! He had to have water, water was to Isaac physically what the Word of God should be to us spiritually!

I Declare: Father, Thank You for the examples of faith in the Bible. Help me to live a life of dedication to you, detachment from the world and dependence on You today and always.

Ignite Thought:He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose”. Jim Elliot.

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