“And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord.“
Abram’s story here is one that many of us have experienced personally. Abram is carried to an unfamiliar land by his relative. In that place the comfort of having a strong covering was removed through his uncle’s death and God began to speak.
- After receiving the promise of blessing from God, Abram begins his own journey and builds an altar near Bethel. Then, in an all too familiar pattern, famine strikes sending Abram and his family on a detour to Egypt. Following the famine, Abram finds himself right back at the original place of encounter with God. It was then that he called on the name of the Lord!
- Day in and day out people get on treadmills, run their hearts out, and are still in the same spot. Our own journeys with God may seem the same: we find ourselves frustrated and right back where God started us on this path. If you have ever wanted to break this cycle the keys are found in these two verses. Go pitch your tent in the place of promise and call on the name of the Lord!
- Your spiritual life started with the whisper of the Holy Spirit calling you into the unfamiliar place of dependence on God. With plenty of zeal and a willing heart you launched into the unknown expecting God to swiftly take you into the fullness of his own promises Then the testing comes. Set backs and unforeseen circumstances seem to take you miles away from the life you had envisioned originally. Then it happens; you end up where you started; just you, a promise and an old altar. It was in this moment, Abram’s destiny began to take shape.
- While resting on the promises of God, He begins to cry out to God. The challenges of famine and trying to do things in your own wisdom (lying to Pharoah in Egypt) have left him with a desperation to see God come near once again. This same cry along with this kind of faith will break the cycle of a life that is moving but going nowhere. God will allow the sandpaper of life to strip us of pride until we reach the place where we have no other option but God himself. Cry out to God in the place of prayer remembering His promises are yes and Amen for those who are in Christ. Call out to God and He will answer you. He is faithful and true. Begin to dream God’s dream again and allow Him to bring your life full circle.
- “Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).
- Life is coming to you. Call upon His name and believe!