Scripture Reading: Genesis 13:1-4
“From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier, and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.” (Genesis 13:3,4)
Abram had been in Egypt because of his lack of confidence in God. He doubted whether God would provide for him. Thus, he left his place of worship and took matters into his own hands. He suffered humiliation as a result of his unbelief. He lost his wife to Pharaoh for a short time (12:14-16). God intervened and sent a plague on Pharaoh and his house. Pharaoh rebuked Abram and expelled him him from Egypt (12:17-20).
God often uses our spiritual failures to make us stronger. Abram came back from Egypt a wiser man. God taught him a great lesson. Abram learned that he must trust God no matter what and that God would provide for him. Abram came back to his place of worship, went to the altar, and called upon the name of the Lord. I am sure he confessed his sins and repented.
When we get right with the Lord, we regain our perspective. We have God’s wisdom and power working for us. Then we are able to make wise choices as we seek the Lord in making them. Abram learned the lesson the hard way. He was now in a good state spiritually.
As I look back over my life, I well remember the time when I failed to trust God and attempted to take matters in my own hands. I had to deal with the consequences and repent before the Lord. I had to come into His presence and be still — “But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him” (Habakkuk 2:20). We need to have our places of Bethel where we can come and call upon the Lord. When we do, we will regain our perspective. The Lord allows us to fail on occasion so that He can take us to a new level of trust. We must learn from our failures, do what we can to correct them, and trust God to teach us through them.
Gracious Lord, forgive me for the many times that I have failed to trust You. Forgive me when I don’t seek Your wisdom when making choices. Thank You for the grace You have shown me over and over in my life. Thank You for forgiving me, restoring me, and enabling me to regain the right perspective.
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