Have you received a promise and rejoiced? and then after the promise came hardship and delay? Did you struggled in faith? Well, you are not alone. And just like Abraham, the father of our faith, you can return to where you began.
Abraham was called by God to leave his family, his comfort zone, and his financial safety net. He left everything because he heard God and trusted in His promises (Check out Genesis 12 and Hebrews 11 for more of the story).
When Abraham arrived in the land of Canaan he heard God say, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar as an act of worship to God. This altar was a symbol of his faith—of his joy, his gratitude, his confidence, his resolve to follow God.
This altar was a symbol of his faith—of his joy, his gratitude, his confidence, his resolve to follow God.
But then Abraham was confronted with an economic crisis, a drought and famine. After the promise came hardships and delay. Abraham struggled in his faith. His character was tested. Abraham went down to Egypt where it was safe. He lied, putting his wife in danger, to save his own skin. Hint: don’t follow that example.
But after his failure came restoration. Genesis 13 describes Abraham’s return: he came out of Egypt and returned “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 (Genesis 13:3-4).”
“…to the place of the altar which he had made there at FIRST.” -Genesis 13:4
Did you see that!? He returned to where he BEGAN. He returned to the place he had FIRST built an altar. He went back to the place God had spoken, to the place he believed God, to the place of joy, of confidence, of resolve, of thankfulness. He returned to faith.
Do you need to return to faith? Do you need to remember what God has promised you? Do you need to remember joy, confidence and thankfulness? Do you need to return, rebuild an altar of faith, worship and call on God’s name? Well, you can. Just like Abraham you can return to where you began. God’s mercy is new today. He is waiting for you to turn to Him, and cry out for His help.
And here is a good place to begin: like Abraham, be “strengthened in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20).” Worship. Boast about God. Praise Him. Find His promises in the bible and shout, “Thank you!”