Hiding

Genesis 20:2-11

Avraham was saying of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister”; so Avimelekh king of G’rar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Avimelekh in a dream one night and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman you have taken, since she is someone’s wife.” Now Avimelekh had not come near her; so he said, “Lord, will you kill even an upright nation? Didn’t he himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In doing this, my heart has been pure and my hands innocent.” God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in doing this, your heart has been pure; and I too have kept you from sinning against me. This is why I didn’t let you touch her. Therefore, return the man’s wife to him now. He is a prophet, and he will pray for you, so that you will live. But if you don’t return her, know that you will certainly die—you and all who belong to you.”
Avimelekh got up early in the morning, called all his servants and told them these things; and the men became very afraid. Then Avimelekh called Avraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you to cause you to bring on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done things to me that are just not done.” Avimelekh went on, asking Avraham, “Whatever could have caused you to do such a thing?” Avraham replied, “It was because I thought, ‘There could not possibly be any fear of God in this place, so they will kill me in order to get my wife.’

How many times have I hid my trust in God to fit in with the crowd I am running with at the moment.  Like Avraham, I lacked the trust in Adonai to preserve me in such stressful times and tried to survive by my own wit. First this is a sin because I am not recognizing God’s kingship over me and second as with Avraham I didn’t give the people I was with my witness so they might share with me and we both grow in God.  Avimelekh knew God and was upright before Him, God acknowledged this and warned the king so he wouldn’t sin.  Yet the king would not have been in that position if Avraham had been fully honest.  Adonai, forgive me in my weakness when I trusted my own power instead of Yours.  Keep me wholly in Your palm and hold me from the foolishness I can create.  I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.

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