Meditate on Genesis 20:11 “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'”
In chapter twenty of Genesis, we see Abraham fall into an old pattern of sin. He tells Abimelek, king of Gerar, that Sarah is his sister. The scenario begins and sounds very familiar to what read Abraham did in Egypt in Genesis 12. Abraham’s fear is understandable and even logical from a human perspective. In those days the kings of nations would take many women as wives and Sarah was described as very beautiful. Surely the king would desire to have her as a wife. We see Abraham assume that the people of Kadesh and Shur would have no reverence for God if he were to tell them that Sarah was his wife and they would surely kill him. So he lies again, telling them that she is his sister and causing the very thing he thought he was preventing to happen. Abimelek takes Sarah.
We later see that Abraham, in making that poor decision for the second time, missed an opportunity to be a bold witness and brought harm to the people in Gerar by his decision. Most importantly, Abraham again faltered in an opportunity to trust in God’s faithfulness.
God is not limited by whether a people group fear Him or not to accomplish His purposes, nor is He limited by our obedience. We see this in God’s revealing Himself to Abimelek and causing him to return Sarah. We really know Abraham has messed up when the king of a nation that supposedly doesn’t live for the Lord is more obedient to God than a man who has walked faithfully with him.
Let’s not live in such a way that nonbelievers have to call out our sins. Instead, let’s trust that God is powerful enough to protect and pave the way through all opposition. And when we know the right thing to do and still fail to execute obedience we can have hope that God’s promises will still be accomplished because He never fails.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you know that there will be times when I will fail to trust you. Thank you that you are still trustworthy. God, thank you that you are more powerful than any obstacle I should come against in accomplishing what you have asked me to do. Lord, help my heart to truly experience, believe, and live in your power. Let your power be a bold witness in my life to an unbelieving world. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Application: Is there a time when you failed to trust God and He still proved Himself faithful?
What about a time when you stepped out in obedience, and God had paved the way before you?
What do we learn about the faithfulness of God in both situations?
What small step of obedience can you commit to Him today?
Memorize Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”