3 He went on his journeys from the Negev 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 formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 13:3-4 NASB
Abram, his name hadn’t be changed to Abraham yet, leaves Egypt, after an embarrassing and humiliating scene with Pharoah.
First, Abram shouldn’t had left the land that God gave him. He was never told to go down to Egypt. He just saw the famine in the land of Cannan and decided that it would be better there. Then, Abram asked his wife to lie and not reveal she was his wife because he was afraid they would kill him for her.
The Bible would make it seem like Abram wasn’t trusting fully in God’s provision or protection. So coming back from Egypt, he must have felt it and spiritually he need to get right with God again.
So, Abram goes to the place where he did hear the Lord. He travelled back to a place where he built an altar and worshipped.
Abram could have let this time in his life do him in, but instead, he chose to seek God. He had the altar between Ai and Bethel as a spiritual marker where God had spoken to him before.
In times of uncertainty, when we are waiting on God, spiritual markers are huge. They are times in our lives when we have heard God speak to us or have seen Him do something awesome in our lives.
We should remember those times well! We should let them mark us! They serve as times that we can look back and see God moving in our lives. They help to sustain us when we are spiritually weak or waiting on God.
Have you taken time to remember and maybe even write down some of the ways God has come through for you?
Write your spiritual markers down and look at them often. They will help build your faith and give you encouragement. God loves you and He will moves in your life. He has done it before!
Lord, You are always there. Sometimes I have trouble trusting and waiting for Your next move. Thank You for spiritual markers in my life that allow me to remember how You have always come through for me in the past.