Into the Great Unknown - Day 3


From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

Genesis 12:8

It's important to note where Abram chose to pitch his tent: between Bethel, which means "house of God," and Ai, which means "ruin." The passage specifically notes Bethel was on Abram's west while Ai was on his east. Why mention that detail? In his time, it was known facing east meant facing evil, but instead, Abram chose to keep Bethel on his west, signifying his choice to follow God. What's more, Abram set up an altar to worship and call on the name of the Lord everywhere he went, unashamed to stand out for calling on God.

Where are we facing today? And on whom are we calling? Are we looking to the things of God or to the ruin of the world? Church community or popular culture? Are we only looking at the news or turning toward God? Look one way to find a promise from God in healthy, Christian community, and the other way pointing toward culture and/or problems from people. We can choose to look to Bethel or to Ai. Where we look impacts how we live. Abram knew where to go and what to do because he called on the Lord!

Today, take your queue from Abram, and spend time calling on God in prayer and worship. If you don’t like how you’re living, change where you’re looking! The same God who brought you out, will bring you in and bring you through when you set your eyes on him.