The important thing about altars was that they made possibilities from apparent impossibilities. – Hannah Hurnard.
As the Father’s daughter, the world can be excruciatingly hardcore and the journey incessantly demanding. Recently, I became confronted with a schedule I was in no way prepared to handle, yet it was impossible to drop any of these commitments. It haunted me; the reality of having to juggle all these responsibilities and failing at them simply because I did not have to capacity to handle everything handed over to me. I mean, I was and am grateful for a number of opportunities to grow and bless people for God, yet sometimes it feels like I am being drowned out and my voice is lost in the middle of a scream. Still feeling haunted and terribly incapable, I searched for God’s soothing words to resonate with my present circumstances. One of my favorite scriptures has always been God’s word declared in Hebrews 4:15
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
The Passion Translation says it this way:
“He understands humanity, for as a Man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin.”
He understands humanity. Those words that make me want to shout for joy! I love to see that the Ruler of the Universe is touched with my very pains, he feels my own heartbeat personally and it resonates with him, my cares, my burdens, my aches. Nothing comforts me more when I am in a valley phase of life as I recently found myself.
And while all of this is so beautiful, it’s even more beautiful to see what the next verse of Scripture right after this has to offer.
“So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.”
Hebrews 4:16 TPT
Glory! I found the answer to balance right here. For balance, real balance, you need to constantly approach the throne of grace to find help, to obtain mercy, to access grace.
Fellowship is so important because God will never give you an assignment to accomplish that you don’t need him for. So you have to keep meeting Him in the secret place. I have realized from experience that the periods where I keep my fellowship up and keep the fires burning on my altar, it’s so much easier to accomplish any and every task I am involved in. It would be unreasonable to try to drive a car without fuel or without enough oil in the engine. Sooner rather than later, the car will stop moving and the engines will probably get knocked. Yet, we attempt this impossible task in the spirit every time we take on an assignment and attempt to accomplish it without the Author of life.
As the Father’s daughter, your number one task is simply to keep up fellowship with Him.
This week, make it your topmost priority to seek Him out and keep your altars burning.
Abraham did this. He was constantly building altars for God. He made certain to keep remembrance of the most important thing.
“Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he 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 12:7-8 NKJV
If you keep your altar alive before God, those impossible Herculean tasks will suddenly fizzle out and seem so much easier and even enjoyable. The God kind of life is not meant to be lived apart from God. Make it your priority this week to build an altar and to keep it burning.
“Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making Him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”
Colossians 1:9-12 MSG
Remember this, if we are weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere.
- Am I keeping my fellowship up before God?
- Do I have an altar built (e.g. set apart time for God daily) and do I constantly and faithfully adhere to it?
- What are the assignments I have now that seem impossible in my own strength?
- Am I engaging the law of fellowship and communion? If I am, how can I get better at it?
Thank you Father for the ability to appease before your throne without any sense of condemnation or guilt. I make it my top priority from today to keep my fellowship up, keep my altars burning and to keep you in the centre of it all.
Contributor: Fisayomi Ajayi