“Wes” recently made a comment on how amazing it is that God continues to work through us and even through our mistakes. Instead of just replying him, I thought that I would like to share what I preached about this past Sunday. (OK, not the whole sermon, just an idea that I shared which I picked up in a book I was reading). I was preaching on Genesis 13, the story where Abram and Lot seperated. But to understand this story, one has to go back to Genesis 12, first of all where Abram was called by God to be a blessing to all the nations. Then the story where Abram and his wife Sarai went to Egypt and Abram told a lie to the Pharaoh that Saria was his sister in order to save his own skin. Eventually the truth came out when God struck the house of Pharaoh with all kinds of diseases and Abram and Sarai were chased out of Egypt. The irony in this story is that Abram, instead of bringing blessing to this nation, brought a curse upon them!
Now we come to Genesis 13 and we read these remarkable words in verses 3 & 4: From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.
What is remarkable about these verses is that it seems as if God is taking Abram back to the roots of their relationship, almost as if He is saying to Abram: Let’s start all over again and see if you can do it right this time! And isn’t that what God does with us as well. Instead of punishing us or breaking the relationship, (which He has all the right to do), He starts all over again to enable us to do things right. God wants to re-establish our relationship with Him. Therefore, when I make a mistake or even a serious blunder, God can (and wants to) start afresh and re-establish our relationship with Him so that we can start all over – almost as if the mistake never happened!
I thought that this was really so awesome.