“And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.”
Abram had made a big mistake by going to sojourn in Egypt. Abram should have stayed in the land where God took him. The God who led Abram to the land of Canaan was also very capable of providing for him in that land in times of famine. God’s ability to provide is not dependent on a good economy; rather, God’s ability to provide is dependent on the economy of His character which promises to provide, which economy has never had a downtime. Though Abram made a tragic decision to go down to Egypt during the famine, he was smart enough to realize his mistake and chose to come back to God by going to the place where God blessed him.
Many times in church services, people come to an altar to rededicate their life to God. What they are saying when they come to rededicate their lives back to God is that they have backslidden and that they have a desire to come back to God. The question that then comes is, what is the next step to take when I decide to come back to God? This question is a great question that deserves an answer. Let me point out what Abram did when he came back to God so that you have some actions you can take after you choose to come back to God.
First, decide to come back. So you find yourself in a position that you know you are not right with God; the answer is to decide to come back. Just like you decided to leave God, you must decide to come back to God. Always remember that God is willing to take you back if you will decide to come back.
Second, do upward actions instead of downward actions. Abram “went up” from the land of Egypt. His decision to go to Egypt was a decision that led him downward, so the best way to come back to God is to start actions that lead you up. One of the best ways to get right with God is to simply start doing right. The way you come back to God is to start doing right actions that draw you closer to God. You will never get right with God by sitting and desiring to get right, but you get right by getting involved in actions that cause you to serve God. Always remember this; you can’t be doing wrong when you start doing right. You start coming back to God by serving God through the ministries of the church.
Third, be faithful to church. In verse 3, Abram went to Bethel, which is called the house of God. If you want to come back to God, you must be faithful to ALL of the church services. You can’t expect to get right with God and stay away from church. I have never seen anyone stay right with God who is not faithful to ALL of the church services.
Fourth, get back to using the altar. In verse 4, Abram came back to the “place of the altar.” There is something about using the altar that gets you back to doing right and keeps you doing right. It is hard to keep a warm heart towards God and never use the altar. The altar is not a decoration, but a place that should be used to decide to do right for the LORD.
Fifth, separate from those who don’t want to serve God. In verse 9, Abram separated from Lot who did not want to serve the LORD. You will not get right and stay right with God and run with people who don’t have a heart for God. You will always leave the wrong crowd when you decide to come back to God. When your heart wants to be close to God, it won’t be difficult to leave the wrong crowd to be closer to God.