10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”
14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
Genesis 12:10-16, NKJV
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
Was Abram perfect? It almost seemed like it in the previous verses, however, we find in these verses from Genesis 12 that Abram was a human, just like us, subject to episodes of fearfulness and lack of faith.
In verse 10 we find that there was a severe famine in the land of Canaan, so Abram went down to Egypt. The first question we must ask is this, "Did God tell Abram to go down to Egypt?" The second question is, "Could God have provided for Abram and his family even in times of a severe drought?" Of course, the answer to both questions is, no, God did not tell Abram to go to Egypt, and yes, God could have provided for them in Canaan in spite of a severe drought.
Do we make choices the same way? Of course we do! As we look back upon our lives, we often ask, why could I not have trusted God? He would have taken care of me.
However, God works in our lives even when we make decisions based upon lack of faith. As a matter of fact, sometimes we learn more about God's faithfulness in our times of greatest fear or lack of faith.
We find, then, that Abram made a request of Sarai. He asked her to say she was his sister and not reveal that she was his wife. This was sort of a half truth. She was his half sister, but she was also his wife. Sarai was a woman of great beauty and Abram feared that the Egyptians would kill him so they could take his wife. Apparently his fears were grounded, for the men of Egypt so accaimed the beauty of Sarai that she was taken in Pharaoh's house.
As in our day, beauty was greatly recognized. Pharaoh was more than happy to add Sarai to his own harem of women--perhaps even planning to make her his wife. He was so enamored with the beauty of Sarai that he gave Abram more animals and servants for Sarai.
God had plans for Abram which definitely included Sarai his wife. As we continue through this passage we will see how God intervened on Abram's behalf.
It is easy for us to be quite critical of Abram, however when we truly ponder our own lives, we realize that we, too, tend to lack faith in God. When difficulties come, how often do we find ourselves making plans without consulting God or consulting His Word?
Yet God is faithful. In spite of our lack of faith and fear, God intervenes in our behalf just as He did in the lives of Abram and Sarai. God had great plans for them and nothing they did would circumvent the accomplishment of those plans.
Is that true in our lives as well? Yes! Though we are still responsible before God for our sins, yet nothing we do will keep us from accomplishing His perfect will in our lives. How does God do that? In truth, we really do not know! We know that God is sovereign and that, even when we sin, we do not prevent Him from accomplishing His will in our lives.
Admittedly, our lives would be much easier if we would just submit to God, and yet we often learn more about His working in our own personal lives during times of great difficulty.
Let us, then, go forth this day serving our great God and King. May God grant us faithful hearts that gladly trust in Him.
God Bless You,