1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the 1Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 He went on his journeys from the 2Negev 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 formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD. 5 Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.
Abram made a smart move here. He had played the fool in Egypt because he forgot God’s promise to him. So the logical thing to do, is to go back to the beginning. Well, not quite the very beginning, but to where he first entered the land of Canaan and set up camp. Sometimes we lose sight of the things that God has done for us and the things He has promised us. When that happens, the best thing to do, is to go back to the beginning. That’s not necessarily always the point of salvation, but it is the point at which we knew for sure that God loved us and cared about us, and would do what He promised.