How many times, in the heat of the moment, do you feel like giving up on a relationship, or throwing in the towel with your business venture or ministry? How often when things are going wrong do we doubt the decisions we've made in faith? We forget everything that has ever been right and in that moment, giving up seems to be the only solution.
In those times when I've lost perspective, I hear the Lord reminding me to remember. Remember His mercy. Remember His grace. Remember where I've come from. Remember how the Lord has brought me to where I am today.This is where building an altar comes in.
In 1 Samuel 3:3-17, we read of the Israelites' victory over the Philistines. After the victory, 1 Samuel 7:12 says, 'Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, "Till now the Lord has helped us."
Samuel built an altar to remember what the Lord had done on that day. He built an altar in honour of God’s victory.
There are many ways that we remember. We take photos, we buy souvenirs, we journal. Songs and movies bring back memories, even certain foods can have memories attached to them. It is important to ‘build’ these altars of remembrance because it becomes something tangible to remind us.
Every year, on our anniversary, my husband and I carefully select a jewellery charm that represents what the Lord has done in our marriage for that year. It helps me so much when I’m feeling despondent to glance down at my wrist and see the collection of charms strung to my bracelet. When I look down, I see and remember what God has done in the years my husband and I have been married.
We get perspective when we remember. God has always been faithful. He has always come through for us. He has always provided for us. When you’re faced with those moments where you want to give up, remember to remember.