“From there he went on toward the hills
east of Bethel and pitched his tent,
with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east.
There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.”
Genesis 12:8 (NIV)
Yesterday we saw how the Lord loosened Abraham’s grip on the things of this life in order to help him get his eyes fixed on the future he would have with the Lord in the city of God. today I wish to have you consider what occupied Abraham each time he moved along in his journey.
The last part of today’s verse gives us a key to what was vitally important for Abraham to do immediately after pitching the tents. Abraham built an altar and worshipped the Lord. Worship seemed to be at the center of Abraham’s life. Everywhere he went he built an altar and “called on the name of the Lord” (worshipped).
In the shifting sands of time Abraham sought the One Who never changes. His confidence was not in his uncertain situation but rather he looked to the One Who was always the same. Only in the presence of the Lord through worship did Abraham find peace and assurance.
My love is ofttimes low,
My joy still ebbs and flows,
But peace with Him remains the same,
No change Jehovah knows.
I change, He changes not;
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting-place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.
Regular daily times of worship, prayer and reading God’s Word are so important. Then the gathering of God’s people weekly is also vital to a rich relationship with our changeless God. May you constantly seek Him Who is always the same.