I am getting over the flu and I have sorely missed my daily routine of being in God’s word. Getting back into a spiritual groove has not been uncomplicated. I am still tired, I am still cranky, and I am still fashioning obstacles which hinder progress. All the same I do not believe it is by accident that I find myself walking with Abraham through chapter twenty of Genesis…again.
And Abraham said, “Because I thought… Genesis 20:11a
This is the part of the Bible where we see an encore presentation from Abraham; the passing-off of his wife [Sarah] as his sister so that he might prosper. This is also the part where we learn [for the very first time] that Abraham didn’t stumble into this sin by chance, but it had been premeditated. This passage in Genesis 20:13 further suggests that Abraham used this ruse more than the two times recounted in the Bible.
And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ’This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
It just goes to confirm that in the majority of cases sin is not an accident, but rather the result of having established a pattern of questionable and problematic behaviors. Sin is the inevitable outcome when this occurs. The man who finds himself drunk after ten years of sobriety might wonder how his plight came upon him so suddenly, but we know that it likely began years earlier when he began romancing the drinks of his youth or thought nursing an O’Doul’s was a safe alternative.
What if Abraham said, “Because I sought (God), ” rather than, “because I thought…”
Abraham had worked himself into an ugly, little corner. His lies had cost him his integrity with Abimelech and almost cost an entire nation their lives. Despite his sinful nature, God still stands by Abraham. The fact that Abraham may have burned some spiritual bridges with Abimelech, the span between him and God was intact. What’s true for Abraham is true for us as well. God does not change His mind, nor does He take back that which He has given.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29