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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Altar Waits

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
—Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

Through any distress and loss that you face, I am with you. The waters will not rise above the strength that only I bring forth in your life. Oppression will only strengthen and refine you. When you advance through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. I will be your haven—your safe harbor. Whatever your sorrow or pain, it will not last forever. Whatever your heartbreak or despair, it will be over one day. You will not be burned up. You will be refined as gold.

At my altar, you discover my peace. My peace comes when you repair the altar that has been waiting far too long. Oh child, it has been broken in stages! Have you believed you had more pressing needs than spending time with me?  Have you placed me last so often that now I seem too far beyond your reach? My altar is a place of sacrifice and obedience. It waits for you. It calls you. Oh, if only you had fallen upon my altar each day! It would not have taken this moment of crisis for you to realize your fragile state and that peace could be so elusive. But here you are, and in this moment, you realize you need me.

My altar always waits for you. It has never grown tired of your absence. The promise of my love and peace is still just as real. Fall upon your knees in absolute surrender. The anguish you know right now will soon anticipate my promise of peace. Come to me, and grasp my promise that “weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b NLT).

© 2018 Lynn Lacher

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