Read Genesis 35
Focus on verse 2-3
When a computer begins to malfunction the issue can often corrected by a re-start, or re-boot, particularly if it is running a certain well-known operating system common among PC users. It would seem that what Jacob is attempting to do here is not unlike a re-boot of sorts. He takes his family back to the place where God first appeared to him instructing them all to “put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments.” In other words, clean yourselves up and get your act together; we’re going to meet God because He is the only one who can get us out of this mess. (Referring to the deception and slaughter of the people of Shechem)
So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” (v. 2-3)
As it turns out God does deliver them from the surrounding cities so that they are not pursued or attacked as they journey through the area.
Life can be like that at times. All the stuff of life going on around us distracts us and our spiritual life starts to come off the rails. This is when a spiritual re-boot can be helpful. This is also when it is helpful to have a few milestone markers (like the alter Jacob set up at Bethel) points of reference that we can return to in order to regain our spiritual bearings and recalibrate the moral compass. It is also helpful to do a little housecleaning and allow the Lord to bury all the distracting junk we may have collected alone the way.
This is the beauty of what Christ did for us. By His sacrifice all that “stuff” that otherwise would separate us from God and convict us of judgment is GONE! Wiped clean! Like a brand new computer hard drive, ready to be used once again for the kingdom of God.