Genesis 12:10-20 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. “Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.” It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels. But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? “Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.

We now start journeying with Abram and his family and it is an interesting journey indeed. God choses Abram to be the father of the nation and tells him to go to the land God has chosen for him to establish his family in.

Abram certainly was an obedient man and God clearly was being faithful in showing Abram the land that He would bless him with. As Abram journeyed to Negev, a famine hit the land and so Abram went west towards Egypt to take a break until the famine was over.

Sounds like a rational plan until we realize that Egypt was a land ruled by a people whose morals and ethics were far from those of Abram’s and therefore what Abram was venturing to do was a serious risk to life and limb.

This is when he makes the most bizarre request of his wife, Sarai, asking her to claim she is his sister. Technically speaking, this is not wrong because she is his father’s daughter from another mother, but the reality is that she is his wife and she belongs to him and no other man.

The question that comes to mind is not why did Abram did that but rather why God permitted him or rather why God did not stop him?

Abram was acting as a rational human being would in his situation. His response to the drought in Negev was to go to a better place for a while and a little lie did not seem a big issue when we consider the benefit.

However, He did not seem to consult God about it and God did not stop him because he wanted Abram to realize his error. Abram was operating in the confidence that he was God’s chosen one and God would bless his walk but Abram did not understand then that He was to operate in God’s will, not his own.

We know that God eventually rescued Abram and his family from the Egyptians but this was at the cost of Abram failing God and his wife in exchange for reprieve from the drought.

God reminds us today that He loves us and wants us to prosper but that is only possible when we are obedient to God and walk with Him. We cannot determine the course of our lives because we are obviously shortsighted but when we follow God’s plan, great things are made possible.

I pray today that those of us who have never experienced the love of God are able to submit our lives to Him and walk in obedience to Him. I pray for those of us who love the Lord that we will stop operating in our own strength and intelligence and start obeying the Lord’s will for our lives.

In His Loving Service,

1 Chronicles 16:21,22 He permitted no man to oppress them, And He reproved kings for their sakes, saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”

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  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Vineet, for going through this part of Abram’s story with us. It isn’t always easy to go to God and listen and obey. I often feel like Abram . . .kind of winging it and hoping that He’s got my back! But, what blessing and peace there is when we operate within His will. God bless you and your family and readers!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you for being frank about how challenging it is for you. I agree that the most difficult aspect of our faith is relinquishing all control of our lives to Jesus and being obedient to His will. His ways are certainly much higher than ours and His will is perfect but for us to obey seems like a free fall and that scares us. I pray that we will be able to put aside our will and desire and fully obey God’s will for us every moment of our lives. Thank you for your faithful support and encouraging comments!
      In Christ,

  2. tonirand says:

    Thank you 🙂

    “God reminds us today that He loves us and wants us to prosper but that is only possible when we are obedient to God and walk with Him. We cannot determine the course of our lives because we are obviously shortsighted but when we follow God’s plan, great things are made possible.“ Amen.

    We cross the line and instead of striking us dead He provides opportunity for redemption. I am thankful that for His grace.

    Grateful for this reminder.


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