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.
In the previous chapter, God promised He’d bless Abraham. We see the fulfillment of that in this chapter.
King David said “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25). Abraham wasn’t forsaken by God; neither will we be forsaken.
Some serve God when they are a nonentity. However, as soon as they make it, they place God at no parking. Some were serious chrife until they became MPs, CEOs, business tycoons, captains of industry etc. They were once in the Scripture Union, Men’s Fellowship, the Choir etc. Now, they are so far away from God. Abraham, Job and David, among others were different. Riches don’t have answers to all of life’s puzzles; so, let’s not be gullible. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus talked about the deceitfulness of riches (Matthew 13:1-23). Let’s guard against it.
Abraham called on the Name of the Lord when he was down below. He did same when he became great. May we also become great and still cling to God all the days of our lives. Amen