Forward in Reverse
Genesis 13:2-4a Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning…to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD.
Notice that in order for Abram to move on in his faith journey, he has to first go back. Back to that moment of surrender, back to that little tent on a hill, back to that stack of stones that started it all. And hasn’t that always been the way forward for God’s people? How did king David lean on God even after killing Goliath? By going back to that boyhood pastureland where God first ordained him. How did Peter remain meek after ushering in a Pentecost for Gentiles? By going back to that Galilean shoreline where Christ first called his name. How did Paul remain humble after writing countless Epistles? By going back to that stretch of road where Christ first blindsided him with salvation.
My next step today is clear: I’m travelling back in prayer to that bedside where I first kneeled as a five-year-old boy and asked Jesus to save me. What’s yours?