Sometimes we think we are so smart. We see the problem. We come up with a solution. Yes, our solution might involve a little lie, or a “shortcut”, or forgetting certain God-given responsibilities, but no one will know. Everything is going to work great!… Until it doesn’t. And we find ourselves caught in a self-manufactured disaster. We are not alone in this mess. Many of the men and women of faith in the Bible have been duped by the same faulty thinking. What we don’t realize at the time is that we are living by human logic rather than by faith. Faith always works. Human logic, not so much. In Genesis 12:10-20, Abram, the believer, acts in unbelief. The good news is that God is bigger than our sin. He is so faithful that He rescues us even from our own self-destructive tendencies! Now that is an amazing God!
Gen. 12:10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 “Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.” 14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
Gen. 12:17 But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 “Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
Gen. 13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.