What Sits in Your View? Saturday, April 1st 2017
Then Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?" And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.
There is a moment when the pressure is on and self-preservation becomes our instinct. Abraham is in that moment and has made up his mind to lie. One of the things Proverbs 6 makes clear is that God hates lying and a false witness. That moment comes to all of us. It's not an if but a when. When you have slipped up on the job or in your relationship with your spouse, friend, or kids do you resort to weighing out implications and hunt for a way out of the situation by tossing out a little deception or deceit? How about when you're getting ready to do your taxes or get out of an unwanted commitment for lunch? Does the pretense of those moments persuade you to want to soften the situation with a seductive little lie?
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin
24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Abraham is getting rebuked by Abimelech for lying and then we see that Abimelech turns and rebukes Sarah as well (Genesis 20:16). You see, friend, there is no good thing in us. Just like Abraham, we are called into walking in our faith, yet, we fumble with our circumstances and sin sometimes. But God is willing to correct us and strengthen us when fail as long as we are willing to receive the corrections. We also get to experience the reconciliation in Christ. He deepens us just like He deepened Abraham and Sarah who in turn responded to the Lord. Friend, if you have been found in a situation stepping into sin, be quick to return to Christ be replenished and refreshed by His Spirit that extends His freedom and joy to you even now.
Life Lesson: We have the option to live a transformed life in Christ or a self-preserving life in ourselves. Owning up to, and confessing our sins, allows us to live in the freedom of joy.
Lord, please forgive me when I want to manipulate circumstances or run from things and not deal with the issues You are revealing in my heart. Please forgive me of any pretense or sin that causes me to be self-preserving instead of trusting You in all things. Please give me Your power to walk after You with a pure heart in all things. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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