FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 20
By: Ron Maxfield
In Genesis chapter 20 we see a story that shows how half truths can rob us of blessing and get us stuck on a treadmill of unfulfillment and weak faith. Abraham and Sarah perpetrate a lie that they had repeated once before while in Egypt.
One of the most damaging sins we deal with in life is the half-truth. In fact, most all lies have some element of truth in them. In this story, we see Abraham clinging to his fear of the world by misleading King Abimeleck. Abraham gives him the impression that Sarah is not his wife by saying they are brother and sister. In fact, they were half brother and sister. So, he technically told the truth, but his intent was to deceive because he didn’t trust God to protect him
God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son, but Abraham didn’t have enough faith to believe that God would protect his life. We all have doubts that in the “real world” we can’t get by without playing the “spin” game with a world that is hostile to our faith. Ironically, Abimeleck showed himself to be of greater faith and character than Abraham.
It is clear that Abraham and Sarah would not be able to move on in their spiritual walk, until they dealt with this deception that in fact, they had agreed upon from the day they left home.
In our lives, there is sin that we justify as being “worldly savvy” while claiming that we trust in God to direct our paths. We can give a good defense that we aren’t technically untruthful when in fact we try to manipulate a situation that we don’t trust God to come through for us on. If we walk in fear and try to trick our way through life, it will catch up with us and we will be weaker and more anxious for it.
As Paul says in I Cor.11:28-30,” But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For if he that eats and drinks unworthily, he eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Walking in deceit will take its toll mentally, spiritually and physically.
You and I must make an honest examination of ourselves and as King David said in Psalm 139: 23:24,” Search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me to the everlasting way.” Take time this day to see if there is any sin that is obstructing the blessing that the Lord desires to fill your heart, soul and mind with. Confess it. Trust the Lord Jesus to put it behind you that you may know His perfect plan for your life.