And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai, his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, "This is his wife; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you."
When you can’t understand God and impatience threatens to overwhelm you. Don’t complicate God’s promise with your solution.
This chapter begins with God telling Abram to leave everything that he has known and go “to the land that I will show you.” That’s faith. Just up and moving, not really knowing where. Then we come to verse 10; Abram and Sarai are going into Egypt because of a famine in Canaan. Suddenly his faith in God is gone! He asks Sarai to tell a half-truth and say she is his sister. Was it because she was beautiful and he feared for his life? Yes; but more importantly, he didn’t trust that God would protect him. But His plan doesn’t work. Pharaoh does spare his life, but he takes Sarai as his wife anyway, and then God has to rescue Abram. When you can’t understand God, impatience threatens to overwhelm you.
How many times have I thought my way was better than God’s? How often have I not demonstrated my faith and let God work things out for me? How many times have my plans backfired and God has had to “bail me out?” As a Christian, I need to be dependent upon God. As a human, I find this difficult. I need to exercise my faith more and trust that God will care for my every need.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me even when I am not faithful to You. Help me to realize that You have always there for me, from the beginning. Help me to turn to you in faith FIRST! Help me to depend more on You and less on me. Thank You again for Your Word and what it reveals. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pastor Shawn Collins, North Braddock Campus Pastor