GENESIS 12 IN FOCUS
THINK ABOUT IT:
how do you deal with people?
how do you perceive they that are called according to the will of God?
how do you judge people?
why do you judge others?
who are you?
Abraham left home with the hope of becoming the father of all nation. He was with the conviction of becoming blessed. But the journey to this was not all that easy. Leaving his fathers house at the age seventy five (75), Abraham met famine. One could have expected that someone who had been called by God would have had it all so easy.” Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.” Genesis 12: 10
It came to the point when Abraham had to fight for himself instead of allowing God to work the way out but that was also for good. He feared being killed by the Egyptians because of his wife Sarai. This however did not rub off the covenant between God and Abraham but it was rather a time for God to show who he is to Pharaoh.
It is quiet unfortunate that we sometimes wish to consciously or unconsciously take advantage of people called according to the purpose and will of God. It is a dangerous thing to touch people who carry God’s favor just because we think we know their weakness or we see them not to be right.
When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. 2Samuel 6: 20-23
Pharaoh met similar thing as Michal had. He touched the man called according to the will and purpose of God
As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.’
The call of God may not all that be easy but there exist a crown of glory in the end. Christians must therefore be steadfast in their duty to the Kingdom of God.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
PONDER: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ROMANS 8:28