A Time Of Not Trusting God
Abram, the chosen patriarch, chooses to not trust God. In our story today, Abram decides to trust in his deception rather than his God.
What does he do? He articulates that Sarai is his sister, rather than his wife, out of fear that he will be killed by those who don’t fear God.
Now this brings up a lot of questions, like: Why did God still bless and protect Abram even though he lied? What about Abraham’s statement in Genesis 20 about Sarah being his half-sister? Is lying justified in certain endangering situations? These are all good questions.
What we do know is this was indeed deception, a half-truth at the very least, and the reasoning was because Abram didn’t trust God. Abram wasn’t perfect, just like every character in the Bible. But what we also know is that the God whom Abram didn’t trust was the same God who delivered him from the very thing he was afraid of.
There are times in our lives that are very scary. Just like Abram was called by God to go to and through some pretty scary places, literally and figuratively, so God calls us. And just like Abram was tempted to trust in himself rather than God, so we will be tempted to do the same thing. But when we are tempted, we should choose to trust God to protect and deliver us from what we are afraid of, not our own wits, strength, or lies.
Here are questions we can ask ourselves, today:
What am I afraid of, and consequently not trusting God for?
What would trusting Him in this situation look like?
By: Sam Cirrincione