“When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” Gen. 12:10-13 (ESV)
Chapter 12 of Genesis starts out with God’s call to Abram to leave the city of Harran where he was currently living and go into a new land where God would make him into a great nation. We are not told why God chose Abram. In fact, we don’t learn anything of Abram’s character until the episode described in today’s verses…and the picture is not pretty.
Abram is forced to take his family into Egypt because of a severe famine. In order to protect himself, Abram puts his wife at risk by telling her to lie about the fact that she is his wife. Throughout this episode, Abram utterly fails to trust that the God who called him will also protect him. Fortunately, God does step in and protect Sarai without endangering Abram. To make matters worse, Abram fails to learn anything from this experience because he does the exact same thing again in Genesis 20 with Abimelech, King of Gerar.
These obvious character flaws within Abram should encourage us today. They should remind us that Abram was no different than us. And God took Abram and made him into a great nation!
It may be possible that God is allowing you to see one or more of your own character flaws. Don’t be discouraged. You’re in good company! We all have our character flaws just like Abram. Just as God was patient with Abram and used various life circumstances to transform Abram into Abraham, God is working in your life to expose your character flaws so that He can transform you into the saint He created you to be.
As those weaknesses surface, don’t ignore or try to hide them. Instead, give them over to God and allow Him to slowly transform them into godly traits.
Prayer- Lord I know that I have my flaws; open my eyes to see them and help me give them over to You.