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. When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 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.” And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had. Genesis 12:10-20 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Jane’s mom usually picked her up after school, but today her mom had something to do, and her dad was going to pick her up instead. Jane wondered if her dad would know what time to pick her up, or where to meet her. She thought it would be better if she took care of things herself, so she started to walk home on her own. Since she wasn’t used to walking home, she ended up getting lost, and her dad–who was very worried when she didn’t meet him at her school–drove around till he found her. Jane messed things up because she didn’t trust her dad.
Abram did something like that, too. God had promised to bless Abram and give him a family. But when he went to Egypt, he became afraid. He knew that the Pharaoh was used to taking anything he wanted, including another man’s wife. So, instead of trusting God to take care of him, he told a lie instead. This just messed everything up. God had to punish Pharaoh, and Abram was shown to be a liar.
Sometimes we sin because we don’t trust God to take care of things. When we do that, we show that we don’t trust God to care for us. The worst kind of not trusting God is when we think that being good and doing the right thing will get us to heaven. We can never earn God’s love on our own, but God took care of everything when he sent Jesus to be our Savior. We can trust Jesus to forgive our sins and make us his people, and to take care of us always.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior. Help us to trust you for everything, always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.