The Altar of The Lord

Far be it from us to rebel against the Lord or turn away from him by building our own altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings, or sacrifices. Only the altar of the Lord our God that stands in front of the Tabernacle may be used for that purpose."—Joshua 22:29 (NLT)

Have you ever heard a lyric in a song and just said to yourself, “Yes! That is the soundtrack of my life right there!”? What does the soundtrack of your life sound like? What song or lyric summarizes your life or a specific season of your life?

As I read this verse today, I thought to myself, Wow, this verse should be the soundtrack to the life of every believer! No matter what is happening, no matter the season, no matter the trial . . . these words should constantly run through our mind: “Far be it from us to rebel against the Lord or turn away from him.” 

The Reubenites and Gadites recognized that there is no scenario they would ever have reason for rebelling against the Lord God. They recognized not only all that God had done for them and all that God had promised to do for them, but they also understood who He is! He is the Lord, the God of the universe, the maker of heaven and earth. And knowing this, knowing who He is and what He’s done, knowing how He delivered them from Egypt and gave them the land He had promised their ancestor Abraham, how could they ever even think of rebelling against Him and His mandates? How could they disobey the manner in which He directed them to worship Him? “Far be it from us.” This should be what we say every single day!

Like Paul, who rejoiced in the Lord from prison awaiting his likely death sentence, partially blind, with a thorn in his flesh, and like Job, who said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21 NASB) . . . our lives should be marked by this philosophy that the thought of rebelling against the very God who sent His Son to pay the price for our sin must always be FAR from us. Our only response to Him should be unabashed worship, complete surrender, and deep devotion. 

And just as the Reubenites and Gadites recognized the only way to worship and offer up sacrifices to the Lord was in front of the Tabernacle as the Lord had instructed the Israelites, we must recognize that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. If we recognize this undeniable truth, we should also be compelled to share this news with everyone we encounter, lest they deny Him. 

So, what is the soundtrack to your life sounding like right now?

DIG: What does this verse tell you about the heart of the Reubenites and Gadites?

DISCOVER: What is the soundtrack of your life in this season?

DO: Is there an area of life in which you’re in rebellion? Ask the Lord to forgive you! Pray that all traces of rebellion be far from you

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.