1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 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, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
God took care of Abraham, even when he was not following the Lord as he should be, even when he wasn’t trusting in God as much as he could be. This shows us that the covenant and promise that God had given Abraham didn’t rely on the actions of Abraham. Yes he should do well, he should trust God but when all is said and done, God knows us. He knows how we are and He knows how we will react to conditions and circumstances. Faith is the answer. It doesn’t have anything to do with what we can or can’t do. It has to do with whether we have faith in God, regardless of circumstances, situations, our own feelings. God saw past the fleeting feelings and sinful nature of Abraham because of the faith of Abraham, because he believed and not based on his past actions.
We must press on, we must look forward and keep moving in our walk with the Lord. Abraham knew he had messed up royally. He had momentarily lost it and had a pagan king rebuke him for lying. He probably didn’t look like such a mighty man of God but he did the right thing. He realized where he had gone. He went back to where he started and called on the Lord.
He had the leading of the Lord but he still had his sinful nature.
We are born with the sinful nature. The flesh
When we are saved we become indwelled with the Spirit of God and He comes to take up residence with in us, but He immediately has a foe, our fleshly side.
Yes we go through a time, some call it the honeymoon stage, where we are on fire for the Lord and nothing can stop us but……eventually the flesh will rear it’s ugly head once again and if we are not careful we can allow it to lead us into all kinds of trouble. The goal of the Christian is to forget what you have done and focus completely on the Lord.
Read Romans 6 – 8 and the book of Galatians
Satan, our own minds, and the world love to remind you just how sorry you once were. It can have you thinking and drudging up all the terrible, sinful things you once did and the way you lived before salvation and that will almost always cause doubt. So much so that we might wonder whether or if we are worthy of the Lord and salvation.
This doesn’t mean that we can loose our salvation (That is if you are truly saved) but our fellowship with God can be hindered just as Abrahams was in his walk with the Lord.
We must as Paul says, die daily to our own will and to the flesh and walk in the Spirit, letting the Holy Spirit of God teach us, lead us, and call us.
1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Get back on the path and call on the Lord. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Follow Abrahams lead if you are off the path and turn back to where you were in the beginning. Don’t look back but press on!!!!