There was a famine in the land, and Abram (Abraham) goes to Egypt to live there. As he is entering Egypt, he speaks to Sarai (Sarah) and says to her, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you” Genesis 12:11-13.
When Abram and Sarai enter Egypt, Sarai is taken into the palace of Pharaoh. Because she is the sister of Abram, he is treated well. He is given sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels. He is treated well because of Sarai. The Lord inflicts serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife. The Pharaoh summons Abram and asks him why he told him Sarai was his sister. He tells Abram to take Sarai and go. He also instructs his men not to harm them.
Even when we act foolishly, God protects His own. Abram made a fear-based decision, not a faith based decision. Sometimes we do too. There are times in life when we do not believe God has it covered. We create situations that are far worse than what we initially feared all because we do not wait. Sarai was forced into a concubine situation in Pharaoh’s palace; but, God came after her. He had a plan for Sarai. She was the future mother of Israel.
I do not know what you are facing today; but I do know Who has gone before you. Make decisions today based on the promises of God. He will never forsake you. He is your help in times of need. He wants an abundant life for you. He intends to accomplish great things through the trials of your life; but you have to wait on Him. Faith-based decisions – not fear-based decisions.
Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.”