TEXT: GENESIS 12:10-20.
🔑KEY VERSE “Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, and they shall say, this is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive” (GENESIS 12:12).
Abraham, who had departed from his father’s house by faith was worried by famine. Instead of turning to God in prayer to know what to do or where to go, he moved into Egypt. While entering Egypt, he became afraid and hatched a plan to protect himself. The reason for his fear was that he might be killed by the Egyptians who would want to have his wife. He, therefore, willingly gave his wife to save his life. God had to step in to bring judgement on Pharaoh and his household.
Man often entertains baseless fears, resulting in pains.
Fear whittles down our faith and sometimes introduces complications that land us into bigger troubles. Fear of the future ranks high among the issues that create anxiety in people. Strangely, most of the fears we entertain are unfounded. It has been proven that an average person’s fear is focused on things that will never happen.
If you are apprehensive about a matter, commit it to the Lord in faith and leave it there.
Abraham forgot the call on his life and went to Egypt without seeking God’s permission. He also forgot that God could supply his needs in times of famine wherever he lived.
Always remember that you are beloved of God and trust Him in times of lack, economic depression, distress, discouragement and sickness. When life’s challenges threaten, be strong, for God will save you (Isaiah 35:4).
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Be strong, fear not; God will save you.
BIBLE IN A YEAR DEUTERONOMY 28-30.
Pitfalls to avoid as observed inn the “father of faith”
- Abraham, the father of faith, just started his faith journey without the Bible. There are lessons those of us who have the Bible can learn from him.
- Discover your God’s appointed land of blessing (Canaan) and never leave the place because of present, pressing and problematic challenges unless clearly led otherwise vv7,10,11. This was the place Abraham enjoyed fellowship with God vv6,7.
- Believers are not operating according to the economy of their communities but according to unlimited God’s riches Philippians 4:19. National/global famine should not cause fear. You can prosper in the midst of famine.
- Sarah truly was a half- sister to Abraham (Genesis 20:12). But calling her a sister instead of wife was intended to deceive.
Saying the truth with the intention to deceive is a lie vv18,19, Psalm 15:1,2, Revelation 21:27. He forgot he was a covenanted person.
- What you fear or belief has a way of coming to reality vv14-16, Job 3:25. It is better and safer to always walk by faith and not by sight.
- Observe that the fear induced journey of Abraham was fruitless and a waste v20.
Lord, purge my heart me of every tendency to lie
Lord give me deep grace to always walk by faith and not by sight or fear
In the journey of my life, don’t ever permit me to take a step that is not according to your will
Lord, give your children the faith to say NO to the temptation to abandon their Canaan land of fellowship with you because of temporary challenges of life
HYMN Never be sad or desponding
- Never be sad or desponding,
If thou hast faith to believe;
Grace, for the duties before thee,
Ask of thy God and receive.
Never give up,
Never give up,
Never give up to thy sorrows,
Jesus will bid them depart;
Trust in the Lord,
Trust in the Lord,
Sing when your trials are greatest,
Trust in the Lord and take heart.
2 What if thy burdens oppress thee;
What though thy life may be drear;
Look on the side that is brightest,
Pray, and thy path will be clear. [Refrain]
3 Never be sad or desponding,
There is a morrow for thee;
Soon thou shalt dwell in its brightness,
There with the Lord thou shalt be. [Refrain]
4 Never be sad or desponding,
Lean on the arm of thy Lord;
Dwell in the depths of His mercy,
Thou shalt receive thy reward. [Refrain]