As the famine began to grip the land of Israel, Abraham took his 60-year-old wife and travelled south to Egypt. Abram was not wrong for being concerned about feeding his family, but Abram was wrong in thinking God would not provide for his needs in the place where God called him to live. After all, God called Abram to Canaan, not to Egypt. We can be in the centre of the will of God and still have troubles and testing. The walk of faith is about learning to give the Word of God authority in our lives; more authority than what we see or feel. James 1:2-4
In Egypt, Pharaoh noticed her and took her into his house. Jewish legend says that in comparison to Sarai, all other women looked like monkeys; she was even more beautiful than Eve. As people get older they are attracted to people of a similar age, so perhaps Pharaoh was quite old. Either way, Sarah was beautiful. Abraham asked Sarai to lie to protect his own life a number of times on this trip and his wife ended up in the harem of a foreign ruler. By offering his “sister” he was able to receive favour and riches.
Abram showed little character at this stage in his life and like us found it hard not to let the world affect his faith in God’s word. God moved to get both Abram’s wife back home and Abram’s life back on track. God brought Abram back to the land he should never have left and continued the story, apparently before Abram ever repented. He plagued the house of Pharaoh and brought Abram back to the house of God. There Abram did what he should have done at the start; called upon the name of the Lord.
Friends, even Abrams big failings were not too great for God to work around. Thank God it’s not three strikes and you’re out. Our forgiving Father is helping us learn faith and He is not put off by our weakness or failure. Move out and move back home.