(reposted from 2014)
Title: “Return to the Altar”
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 13:3-4
3 And he (Abram) 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, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Abram, later called Abraham, often built altars and "called on the name of the Lord." Here we see Abram returning to a previous altar. This altar between Bethel and Ai was first built as Abram was obediently following the Lord's leading into Canaan (Gen 12:7-8). Between these two occasions at the altar we see Abram being distracted by circumstances (famine) and getting off course (into Egypt).
Sometimes we, like Abram, get off course. Like Abram, we then need to return to the starting point; that is, to the place of calling upon the name of the Lord. We must call upon Him for our direction and we must call upon Him to stay on course. And if ever we do get off course, we must repent, turn around and return to Him.
Lord, may I seek You always and only. In Jesus' name. Amen. -AP