In our study of Genesis chapter thirteen, we will see how Abram's fellowship with God is restored. In chapter 12, we saw how his disobedience led to struggles but now we will see how this great father of the faith returns to the will of God.
"So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold." NIV translation
We see that Abram is returning to the land that God had given him and we are reminded that God had never told him to leave for Egypt. We see that he became rich even when he was outside of the will of God for his life. We are reminded that you cannot tell the state of a man's relationship with God based on the possessions he has or does not have. Once again, we see that his nephew Lot is with him and are reminded that he was told to leave him back in Haran.
"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." NIV translation
So, Abram wandered around and ended up at the place where he had began to worship God. We notice that this man of God who was known for building altars to the Lord and worshipping never built an altar while he was in Egypt. Have you ever noticed that it is the same way with us as Christians? When we are outside the will of God, we do not want to worship Him. Like Abram, when we take a step of obedience, we draw closer to Him and our worship is a result.
"Now, Lot who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at the time." NIV translation
When we venture outside the will of God, it has consequences not only for us but also for those around us. Lot gained wealth in Egypt along with Abram even though Abram was not supposed to have him with him. Now that they are back in Canaan, the land cannot support all of the livestock as long as they stay together. Fighting started and the Canaanites and Perizzites were there to watch.
It is much the same way in the church of today as there is backbiting and gossip among Christians. Meanwhile, there are many that are lost and they watch the fighting that goes on and want no part of the church.