If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 12, Matthew 11, Nehemiah 1, Acts 11. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Genesis 12, especially verses 10-20.
The first part of Genesis 12 revealed the command God gave to Abram and the promises that accompanied that command. Abram responded in faith, but then was tested when the land was ravaged by famine (v. 10). Instead of trusting God to provide for him or awaiting instructions about what he should do, Abram left the land and went to Egypt.
While in Egypt, Abram became concerned that the Egyptians would kill him to take his wife Sarai. Because he wanted to preserve his own life, he instructed Sarai to tell the Egyptians that she was his sister, not his wife. By acting deceitfully, Abram was trying to protect himself, but ended up jeopardizing his marriage and, by extension, the promises God had made to him which would only come through Sarai. Despite his sin, God was faithful and gracious to Abram and protected him from the consequences of his deceitfulness.
- What are some ways believers act deceitfully to try to protect ourselves from something we fear?
- What are the negative consequences that come when we act deceitfully?
- How has God graciously rescued you when your sin has put you in a difficult situation?
- How does growing in faith preserve believers from making sinful, deceitful choices?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow