Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen
Abram in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels.
17 But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Abram usually shows great faith in God. He arrives in Canaan, and there is a severe drought, so he then goes to Egypt, where there was food. (This is what we writers call foreshadowing.) Why would their be a drought in a land where God had just called him, to test his faith. Abram passed this test.
Then Abram became afraid. His wife Sarai must have been really hot, and he feared that the Pharaoh would kill him so he could make a move on Sarai,so he told her to tell people that he was her brother, ( a Springer show in the making.) Abram lost his faith that God would protect him. The Egyptians were smitten, and Sarai was taken to be part of Pharaoh’s harem. This must have caused Abram some stress, but he was paid well for her. God was not happy, Abram had lied. So God sent disease on Pharaoh and his household,(more foreshadowing) and Pharaoh found out the truth. Instead of killing Abram, he chastised him and sent him on his way, with all of his possessions.
Many of us encounter obstacles when we decide to follow God. How we face and overcome these obstacles shows how strong our faith in God is. Use the intelligence God gave you, as Abram did when he moved to Egypt, but have faith that God will protect you. God may be giving you greater opportunities, never second guess him.
Prayer-Lord, give me the faith to follow you and the wisdom to overcome the obstacles that may get in my way. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today- Read Genesis 13:1-13. Think about ways your faith has been tested. Did you Pass?