Going South is a phrase that is used to describe a situation that has gone bad or not as intended. The Bible says that from the land that the Lord had promised Abram (Genesis 17:8), Abram continued to journey going on toward the south into the land of Egypt, where there was a famine in the land (Genesis 12:9). We would soon learn that this endangered Abram’s marriage with Sarai (Genesis 12) and more important put the plan of God to bring forth his promised seed through Abram into jeopardy. Interesting to note also is that Abram had pitched his tent to the east of Bethel (which means house of God) in Canaan, and so he should have continued to remain in the land of Canaan and more importantly moved closer to Bethel (the house of God), instead of traveling to Egypt, come famine or drought.
Points to ponder:
When we go in a direction that is not ordained by God, we jeopardize our families and even more put at risk the fulfillment of God’s plan in and for our life. Going South from God is a deal that truly goes south. Are you going away from God? In other words, Are you Going South (from God)?
Genesis 12:7-10 (KJV)
7 And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.
8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.