It could happen to anyone of us at any time. Abram knew God was going to make him into a great nation. He left his home, took his family and travelled to Canaan; simply because God promised land to him.
Still, when trouble appeared in the form of famine, Abram left Canaan and went to Egypt. While in Egypt, Abram was willing to trade his wife for his life and wealth. One moment, Abram was the man of great faith, The next moment he was a liar and a coward.
In any given moment, we are the same. When we trust the Lord, we can be people of great faith. On other days, however, given the right circumstances, we can walk away from everything we know, and become sniveling cowards, relying on our own senses rather than on our Lord.
Thanks be to God, for His patience, His grace and His mercy. He is willing to start each day brand-new. Not only is God willing to lead, guide and direct us, but, he is also willing to forgive and restore us when we repent and return to him. What’s more, he protects us from our own failures, and often uses them to make us the people of God we are called to be.
Those are the times we see unconditional love displayed by God. And those are the altars, the moments in time and space, that reminds us of how much God loves us; and how we are to treat others.
Help me Lord to trust you and treat others with the same kindness you have treated me.
God Bless You
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.