In Genesis 13 Abram returns to the place we first saw him worship in Genesis 12,
And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ge 13:3–4). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
And just as in chapter 12 immediately after worshiping Abram is confronted with a dilemma. The confrontation in chapter 12 led to failure.
In chapter 13 Abram now faces conflict with his nephew and his nephew’s supporters.
But could it be that Abram remembers the last time he worshiped between Bethel and Ai how quickly he lost faith?
In this confrontation, Abram resembles the generosity and humble spirit of God.
What do we see?
Abram learning and growing from his past mistakes.
Isn’t that all that we are called to do–to learn from our past–to come again to worship God and to grow . . . to be better next time?