Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Growing and Grace and Knowledge with Abraham: Blessed in the Midst of Wrongdoing
Now, Abram did not walk in faith perfectly. When he went to Egypt during a great famine, he lied to the leaders there by telling them that his beautiful wife Sarai was his sister. Notwithstanding this deceit, the men of Pharaoh's land treated Abram well on account of his wife:
"Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
"And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
"The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
"And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels." (Genesis12: 13-16)
Even when we sin, even when we fall short in our faith, God still blesses us, making all things work together for good (Romans 8: 28).
God is interested in us growing closer to Him, and it is the goodness of God that leads to repentance (Romans 2: 4)