So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
Dr. Nelson Bell was a missionary physician who became the mentor and father-in-law of evangelist Billy Graham. In his book, Convictions to Live By, Dr. Bell spoke of the primacy of a godly family, writing: “In the Old Testament we read that the patriarchs ‘pitched their tents, digged a well and built an altar.’ How many people today pitch their tents and dig their wells but make no provision for the spirit! The altar is never built. There are thousands of houses across America fabulous in their appointments for gracious living, but they remain houses only, not homes.”
In order to have success in our family life, we must build an altar and put God at the head of our homes. Husbands, wives, dads, and moms should keep their Bibles open, their knees bent, and the joy of the Lord dialed up on the family thermostat. The Christian home should be church-going, Bible-reading, and Christ-honoring. We need to pitch our tents and dig our wells, but let’s not forget to build our altars.
A Christian home means first of all that Christ is the Lord of the home and that He has preeminence in the lives of those who live there.
L. Nelson Bell