READ GENESIS TWELVE
Abram gives a great display of faith in his quick obedience to the call of God. He goes as God calls him, not knowing where God would lead or what the days ahead would look like.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Yesterday we looked at what Abram did in faith. What does Abram do, then, in faithlessness?
Right on the heels of God’s promise and Abram’s obedience, Abram distrusts the protection and provision of the Lord. Abram fears that the Egyptians will find his wife, Sarai, beautiful and kill him in order to take her as a wife. Rather than taking this fear to God and asking for God’s divine protection, Abram devises a plan. He tells Sarai to pretend to be his sister, so that he will not be viewed as a threat. Abram puts his wife in harm’s way in order to protect himself, and he dishonors God who called him on this journey in the first place.
How can such a great act of faith be so quickly followed by this great act of faithlessness?
Name a time in your own life when disbelief in God’s goodness has followed close on the heels of an act of faith.
God’s faithfulness is not dependent on our own faithfulness. Praise the Lord that when we are faithless, He is faithful still! God provides a way out of Egypt for Abram and Sarai, and He does not go back on His promises because of their disobedience. When we are faithless, He is faithful still.
Let this truth sink into your heart today. Copy the phrase below – either on a sticky note for your computer, in your journal, or on the home screen of your phone. As you do, pray a prayer of thanks that God’s character is unchanging, even when we waver between faith and faithlessness.
GOD’S FAITHFULNESS IS NOT DEPENDENT ON MY OWN
FAITHFULNESS. THOUGH MY CHARACTER IS CHANGING,
GOD’S CHARACTER IS UNCHANGING.
PRAY AND REFLECT
Thank God that He has extended the blessing promised to Abram to you. Thank Him that through Jesus you have been brought into God’s family.