From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built an altar to Yahweh there and he called on the name of Yahweh. Genesis 12:8 HCSB
I have seen many times how God has blessed those who faithfully follow Him and are obedient to obey Him and His laws. I don’t understand why some people are blessed more than others, but we must trust God that He knows what is best in every situation. God promised to bless Abram if he would be obedient and go where He told him to go. Abram packed up all of his possessions and faithfully followed God’s plan for his life. God has a plan for your life and wants you to be obedient and follow, even if it means leaving your comfort zone.
More than once, Abram built and altar and worshiped God. This verse tells us that Abram built an altar in Bethel and called on the name of Yahweh. The name Yahweh is the sacred name for God. The town of Bethel was about 20 miles from the city of Shechem. It became the center of worship for the Israelites. The Hebrew meaning of Bethel is “House of God”.
Challenge: Worshiping God is one way to indicate your dependence on Him and your willingness to obey and follow His plan for your life. Spend time worshiping God today and plan to be in the “House of God” on Sunday to worship with other believers.