Wednesday, November 20
Not "Our Bad"
Today's reading: Genesis 20:1-18
Even when we're living rightly, there will be times when we're put in a bad situation by a poor or sinful choice made by someone around us—in this case, the choice of Abraham.
After following and trusting God through thick and thin for many years, Abraham stumbles. He lets his fear get the best of him when he and Sarah, along with workers, servants and family, move to the country of Gerar. When they arrive, rather than leaning on God to guide and protect him, Abraham takes matters into his own hands by choosing not to be truthful with King Abimelech, telling him that Sarah is his sister. (This is actually the second time Abraham, driven by fear, tells this lie about Sarah. See Genesis 12:10-20.) Abraham's sinful action creates a terrible and morally wrong situation for Sarah, his precious wife, as well as for King Abimelech, who is in the dark about Abraham and Sarah's true relationship. But thankfully God intervenes to right the recipe for disaster Abraham has put in place.
What does this passage (and Genesis 10:10-20) reveal about the influence fear can have on our thinking, actions and words? What stood out to you about God from this account? Tami
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