I have enjoyed reading about Abraham very much. I am drawn to his relationship with God. He was not a man who engaged in pious religious acts, and yet his relationship with God permeated most every part of his daily life. As he sojourned the earth, God was His constant companion. Where Abraham walked, God was sure to be at his side. They were as a pair of explorers breaking ground and taking territory for God.
When Abraham left his home, on the instruction of the Lord, he came to Canaan. Genesis 12:7 provides us with some detail: “ Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him”. In the very next verse we read that Abraham moved to a place between Ai and Bethel, and again he built an altar unto the Lord, and called upon His name. In Genesis 21:33 we read how Abraham wins back the well that people tried to steal from him. In response to winning back the territory, Abraham plants a Tamarisk tree unto the Lord, and there he calls upon the name of God. It is enormously significant that whenever Abraham entered new territory, or took ground, he would build an altar to the Lord and worship Him.
I believe that taking ground in the spirit and in the natural is inextricably linked to worship. We, like Abraham need to lay down a marker in the spirit and in the natural, declaring that the land is now under the reign of the Kingdom of God. Yes, the land was promised to Abraham, by a God that does not lie. And yet, Abraham habitually built altars unto the Lord God as and when he took new territory. Abraham was not passive in his worship or in His pursuit of the territory that God promised him. He was very much intentional and such a natural and instinctive response can only be borne out of relationship. Let us be equally deliberate and focused in taking land for God.