So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the LORD. Genesis 13:18
Moving to a new location brings on new challenges when a person arrives. Getting set up and settled in the first challenge most people think about.
Getting set up with a new job is often the first priority, however, there is much more needed in the new location. Getting electricity and heat set up, the mailing address is changed, unpacking the house, setting up things in the house, learning where the different stores are, finding the right church to attend, getting children enrolled in a school, and much more.
Each of these challenges present their own set of difficulties and what level of priority each is. For each person, the level of priority may different for each need.
Abram and his nephew lot were too large to stay in the same area, so they each moved to a new separate location. As Abram was setting up, God told him that all the land would be his one day. When he had set up the tents, his first priority was to set up the altar to God.
The altar was needed because it represented God. It was the connection to God. A place to worship God and a place to repent of sins against God. Where there is an altar, there could be a focus on God, a reminder to allow God to be in control. It was a place to sacrifice self in order to allow God to reign.
Although there are no longer any physical sacrifices being done to God, every believer needs to set up an altar before God. It does not have to be a physical altar, but one in the heart. A place to allow God to sit on the throne of one’s life.
Your first priority in your life should be to put God on the throne of your life. To set up a place to worship God. A place you can repent of sins and keep your focus upon God.
This can be a daily focus. Renew your altar before God each day. God before Him and let Him rule your life.
Having an altar allows you to let God be your first priority in your life. Everything else becomes second. Let God order your life as you put Him first.
I pray today that you will put God first in your life; that you will serve God first; that you will not get distracted with the things of this world; and that you will have an altar in your life to keep you focused on God.