It’s fun to play the board game, Life…until one bad move tells you to go back to where you began. This is what happened to Abram. In a desperate move, even though he was rich, he went to Egypt to wait out the current famine. In another desperate move, he told the Egyptians his beautiful wife Sarai was his sister, so he would not be killed. His plan worked…for awhile. His wife was taken into the harem of the Pharaoh, his life was spared, but because of this “bad move” of deception, God sent a plague over Pharaoh’s household. Abram and family were sent out of Egypt…”under armed escort.” Genesis 12, NLT (Read the whole story.)
God, in his mercy, spared Abram. Abram could have been killed for this misstep, this bad move, on his journey to do God’s will and fulfill God’s purpose. Is this story about the sin of Abram or the power of God to work all things good to HIS purpose? I think the latter. Or may both?
Abram goes back to where he began the journey “and there he again worshiped the LORD.” Genesis 13:4, NLT
In desperate times, what will we do? Will we trust God or yield to our sin nature to do whatever WE can to alleviate or avoid a bad situation or circumstance? When we trust ourselves and fail, we must learn from it. We must go back to where we began and talk it over with God, in repentant worship and let Him work the details of repairing our relationship with Him and living with the consequences of our bad move. He WILL work all things out for good for those called according to His purpose! (Romans 8:28) God is always watching over us. He was watching over Abram and protected him even though he made one really bad move.
God is sovereign. He knows us well. And He still loves and protects us. But we must learn from our “bad moves”. Before we “get over it” and move on, as many tell us to do from a bad experience, God’s story reminds us to first go back and worship God with a repentant heart. THEN…move on.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your love and forgiveness. Thank you for teaching us with mercy and grace when we make a bad move. Thank you for rescuing us before we even knew we needed it. We repent. We worship You and You alone. Above all is You and we must protect our relationship with You. We trust and rely fully on You. For everything. In Jesus Name, Amen