FEET OF CLAY

Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:10-13:4

“As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, ‘I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, “This is his wife.” Then they will kill me but let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared.'” (Genesis 12:11-13)

There is no question that Abram was a man of great faith. Paul said of him, “In hope against hope he believed” (Romans 4:18). However, Abram was none-the-less a sinner like all of us. We all have feet of clay. Even a godly man like Abram can become weak in his faith and make bad choices.

A famine took place in the land of Canaan and Abram turned from following God and went to Egypt. Abram had not had it easy. He was called by God to leave his land and family, and to go to an unknown destination. Soon after arriving in Canaan, a famine occurred. Abram chose to flee to Egypt for help. When trials come, we often fail to trust God and we begin to rely on our own resources and on those of the world for provision.

Abram chose to take matters into his own hands and fled to Egypt. Our tendency is to concentrate on the circumstances rather than focusing on God who is the ultimate provider. Abram failed to see the bigger picture. God brought him to this land and God promised to provide.

As he and Sarai approached Egypt, Abram became afraid. Sarai was a beautiful woman and Abram was afraid that the Egyptians would kill him and take Sarai. So he asked Sarai to join him in his sinful plot. Abram lied and he asked Sarai to lie as well. We can compound sin by getting others involved.

Abram had to face the consequences of his sin. Sarai was taken from him and brought into Pharaoh’s household (vs. 14,15). But God intervened and inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household (v. 17). Pharaoh discovered the truth that Sarai was Abram’s wife. He rebuked Abram and sent him and Sarai away (vs. 18-20).

When trials come our way, it is easy for us to become weak in our faith and to take matters into our own hands. No matter how strong we may think our faith is, we still have feet of clay. Bad choices always lead to bad consequences. Fortunately God does not permit His children to go their own way indefinitely. He eventually brings us back to our senses and to Him.

Lord God, forgive me when I become weak in my faith and fail to trust you as I should. I confess that I often take matters into my own hands rather than waiting on You to lead me in the way You want me to go. Thank You that you will never give up on me or let me get too far astray.

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