Today’s Tasting – Genesis 12-15
Getting back into Genesis today, we open with the story of Abraham’s family. God promises Abraham that He will bless him and all the families of the earth will be blessed through him. That includes my family and me: I am part of “all the families of the earth.”
But wait a minute: I’m not an Abraham … or a Sarah. It turns out Abraham wasn’t always steady in his faith either. He doubted God’s provision and protection. When Abraham and Sarah went to live in Egypt, Abraham was afraid the Egyptians would kill him. He told his wife “Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you” (Gen 12:13 NIV). And Sarah agreed!
Pharaoh took Sarah into his palace to live as his wife. I don’t know if I could have been that obedient to my husband! Sarah must have had the same doubts and fears as Abraham or surely she wouldn’t have gone along with such an idea. God punished Pharaoh for being with Abraham’s wife. Sometimes it’s all hard for me to understand.
The take away for me is that Abraham messed up—abandoned his wife, made his own way, made his own rules and plans—never seeking God’s will in any of it. How many times do I act just like Abraham, just moving ahead with my own thoughts and plans, never stopping to consult God? And in the end my own plans seem ridiculous, just like Abraham’s actions in this story when we look back at them.
Sarah also messed up—just as Adam followed Eve in her sin, Sarah followed Abraham in his. I wonder what would have happened if she had had more faith in God, if she knew God would protect them based on His promises? I wonder what would happen if I could truly take God at His Word and believe His promises?
But in spite of Abraham and Sarah’s actions, God still kept His Word!!! He made them a great nation, He blessed them, and He made them famous. He blessed those who blessed them and cursed those who cursed them, and all the families of the earth were blessed because of them. I am part of that family and I choose this day to walk in His blessings!! No doubting His promises!! No doubting His provision!!
What promise are you believing today? Where is your provision coming from?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Genesis 16-18
Kelly Quinn, South Carolina, mom of seven