THE GRACIOUS CHARACTER OF GOD

Scripture Reading: Genesis 20:14-18

“Then Abimilech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimilech said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like.'” (Genesis 20:14,15)

We have seen how Abraham failed to trust God and how he took matters into his own hands. His actions affected Sarah and Abimilech. Even though Abraham failed to trust God to take care of him, God’s ability was not altered in the slightest. God is sovereign and omnipotent. God intercedes into human history to carry our His purposes.

God has a plan for the salvation of His people. That plan is centered in an heir of Abraham who would come to redeem God’s people from their sins — “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:13,14).

Abraham may have doubled God’s grace, but God remained as gracious as He had ever been. God’s view of Abraham did not change. Abraham was still God’s man. He was still God’s friend and God’s prophet. In all the other references to Abraham in the Bible, God does not bring up this matter again. God even allowed Abraham the privilege of prayer and service in His name — “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abilimech, his wife, and his slave girls so they could have children again, for the Lord had closed up every womb in Abimilech’s household because of Abraham’s wife Sarah” (vs. 17,18).

God also put a spirit of gracious generosity in the heart of Abilimech toward Abraham — “Then Abimilech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimilech said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like'” (vs. 14,15).

The Lord remains sovereign even when we sin; and He remains gracious in spite of our foolish choices. When we understand these things about Him, it gives us the resolve not to sin, but to please Him and to serve Him to the best of our ability.

Lord God, how grateful I am that You remain gracious to me even when I fall flat on my face spiritually. Your love never fails me and Your faithfulness continues regardless of my foolish actions. Thank You for the gracious provision of Your Son who made my salvation possible.

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