Last night the Golden Globe awards were on tv. I have no interest in watching them, but I bet if I had, I would have seen a lot of beautiful women and handsome men. They would have been as glamorous as it gets. Based on the description of Sarai (Abraham’s wife) that I read today, I am thinking she may have fit right in. She was beautiful too, according to Scripture.
You are familiar with this part of history. Abram has just been given the promise from God that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars, and that through Abram, all other nations will see what it is like to be blessed by God. Abram then begins to move towards this “Promised Land”. As he does, He has to travel into Egypt due to a famine. It is then that he makes the statement we see in today’s verse. He remarks how beautiful Sarai is. What I could not fit are the following verses, where we see that out of fear that he may be killed, he comes up with a plan to pretend Sarai is his sister, not his wife. He does this because he is worried they will kill him for her, because she is so beautiful. I think you know the rest of the story, but suffice it to say, it was a bad idea. Why in the world did Abram make such a bad, rash, sinful decision?
He made it because it was based on worry. Worry about what he thought the Egyptians would think. Worry about what he thought would happen to him. He made his decision out of fear and worry. He does NOT appear to have thought the least bit about God. He did not consider the promise God just made to him. He did not consider God’s sovereignty over all things. He was not thinking about how God loved him and planned to bless him. He did not consider God. at. all. And THIS is what led to his bad decision.
Acting on our worries and hypothetical “this-could-happen” thoughts, instead of stopping to consider who God is, is a bad plan. It very often leads to sin and rash, harmful decisions. It leads to worse outcomes then if we sought and trusted God instead. It does not grow our faith or knowledge in God.
I am certain that we will face scary circumstances in 2018. We may face a difficult test, a rocky relationship, health issues, financial stresses or more. We will worry about these things. We will be tempted to try to come up with a fix as quickly as we can, and all too often, those “fixes” will include sin in some way. I suggest today that we do not choose to follow in Abram’s footsteps and therein make matters worse. Instead, let’s take captive our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ as God tells us in 2 Cor. 10:5. Let’s stop, think about what we know about our God, his attributes, and which of those attributes may be seen through the situation he has allowed in our lives. Then, pray and ask God for guidance in what steps of action we should take. The more we follow this pattern, the more natural it will become for us to trust God with all things. It is then that we will experience the peace of God that surpasses all understanding and have our hearts and minds guarded through any difficulty. (Phil 4:6-8)