Rabbi Michael Vowell

Somewhere in your life, someone you respected or loved spoke words over you that helped shape your opinion of yourself. If those words were negative, they were probably burned on your heart, and anytime you want to do something significant you think, "I am not capable of doing this." The answer is to shape your view of who you are based on how God sees you. The altar was a unique space for Israel to worship; a place that created hope for future victory. Whether you have a prideful ego or one filled with inadequacy, the only option for a bright future is to place your ego on God’s altar.