All the cards are on the table when you’re hungry, but should they be?
God told Abram to move away from his kinfolks. He gathered his belongings, took his wife Sarai and nephew Lot, and moved away. Famine hit the land, and Abram and Sarai went to Egypt. I wonder why they always go to Egypt in these stories. Anyway, Sarai was a beautiful woman, and Abram was afraid the Pharaoh would kill him and keep Sarai, so he lied and told them she was his sister. It worked, but Pharaoh still took Sarai into his house. Things went terribly wrong because plagues hit Pharaoh’s house, and they discovered that Sarai wasn’t Abram’s sister but his wife. They made them leave. The Bible doesn’t give us a time frame, at least not that I could see without digging, but it makes me wonder how long they were there and what happened to Sarai when she was in Pharaoh’s house. It doesn’t say, but we can guess because it caused plagues.
Abram trusted God when he instructed him to leave his family; why didn’t he trust him when they went to Egypt? But don’t we all do the same thing? God gets us out of rough situations, but we sometimes try to handle things independently. You can see by this example that your actions can affect others when you go it alone. Promise yourself today that you will include God in everything you do; it will keep you out of trouble and may save the lives of others.
And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Genesis 12:18