Two years ago form today, March 17, 2012 close friends of ours, the Struebings, lost their full term baby boy. They named him Aiden Allan, and as my parents and I talked about the meaning of his name, (Aiden-little fire and Allan-little rock) we got the picture of the Old Testament altar. The day after Aiden was born I wrote a song for the Struebing family called “Build an Altar”.
In the Bible you will read about people building an altar to praise God. Christ has called us to praise him regardless of our circumstances. In the good and the hard, when things go the way we want they to or not; and this can be hard to do. I’m reminded of Job how after he loses everything he has, he goes out and praises God. This takes a lot of strength and faith. It’s one thing to say, but it’s another to do. I want to challenge you today with the question: how far are you willing to take your faith? This is something that I need to challenge myself to do. “Build an Altar” is about making that choice to glorify Christ through everything – even when it’s hard.
The altar is also a place of sacrifice. Where we must lay our will down, and embrace God’s. For me I find it easy to say, “Sure God, I embrace your plan for my life,” when things go the way I want them to. But somehow when I’m unhappy with the way things are, the last thing I want to do is submit to God’s will.
And yet, that is what the Christian life is all about. It’s not a promise of an easy road that God offers us. Rather it’s the promise that he will be faithful and carry me through. So even when life doesn’t make sense I’m called to praise him. God is worthy and does not change. So, if he does not change, than he is just as worthy of my praise in the good times as well as the hard.
"Build an Altar" was released on the CD "In His Hands" November 2012. If you don't have a copy of that CD and would like one or know someone who would feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.