If someone asked you to take them to a place where you did ‘business’ with God, where would you take them? Are there any special geographical locations where you had a heart-to-heart with the Lord – one of those deep dialogues that will be remembered for a long time?  People who walk with God have treasured-turf and sacred spots where they communed with the Lord.

The altars that marked faithful Abraham’s life are often the subject of Christian teaching. But there was a time when it seems he became discouraged. A famine was raging. He packed his bags and moved his family down to Egypt. But something was missing down there! During that disastrous period of Abraham’s life, no mention is made of Abraham communing with God at an altar. At that stage in his life, there is a glaring gap in the mention of altar experiences or communion with his God. What a tragedy for the ‘friend of God’ who once enjoyed communion with the Lord at the altar! When things went from bad to worse, Abraham decided to leave Egypt and return…

“And he journeyed to… the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD.” Genesis 13:3-4

Imagine the tears Abraham must have shed when he returned to that treasured-turf where he had made an altar at the first. Do you have any such places that come to your mind? Sacred spots, treasured-turf, holy ground, altars where your life was altered, and you surrendered everything to the Lord?

On another occasion, Abraham was traveling down a road. He came to a complete stop and conducted major business with the Lord. The Lord was planning to destroy Sodom. This gut-wrenching news broke Abraham’s heart. All he could think of was his nephew Lot and his family who lived inside Sodom. It was a heavy piece of news for Abraham.  On that spot of ground, a specific spot on that road, Abraham pleaded with the Lord to spare Lot and the family. (Genesis18:22) It was quite a prayer!

The day after the fire fell on Sodom, “Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord…” Genesis 19:27. Abraham knew the exact spot where he had major dealings with the Lord. How could he forget!  And, the Lord could not forget the treasured turf either. Genesis 19:29 says: “So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out…”

How many special places do you have? Could you take someone on a tour of the treasured-turf locations in your life?  The place where you were saved? The place where you cried to the Lord to strengthen you in a major trial? An altar where you told the Lord you were surrendering your life 100% to Him?  An altar where your life was altered? A chair in the corner of a room where you got on your knees and confessed and cried to the Lord for deliverance from some struggle? A spot on the road where you pulled-off due to blinding tears? A big old tree in the woods where you knelt on your knees all alone with the Lord and confessed your bitterness – a place where you were restored to the Lord?

People who know God and enjoy intimacy with the Lord have secret places, treasured-turf where they did business with God.  Do you have some business to do with the Lord today? Does your life need to be adjusted and altered? Find an altar and allow the Lord to alter your life.

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ
Peter Ramsay

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