Today's Manna

January 13, 2017
Old Habits
by Scotty McCurdy
Scripture Reading: Genesis 20-21

When we reunite with Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 20, there are a few things they should know by now: God is faithful to His promises, and He is sovereign. Abraham has just seen that God was faithful in His promise to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and that God needed no assistance in the fulfillment of that judgment. He also saw God’s righteous hatred for sin.

That’s what makes Genesis 20 so strange. Abraham should have had his walk with God revived through the events of Genesis 18-19, yet he is seen reverting back to old sinful habits from his days in Egypt (Gen 12). Abraham knew the truth about God – that He loved righteousness and hated wickedness – yet he failed to walk in that truth, instead deciding to take matters in his own hands and concoct a half-truth (whole lie) about Sarah. Abraham should have simply spoken the truth and trusted God with the results. Since God had promised him a son from Sarah, there was nothing Abimelech or anyone else could do to change that, and God needed no assistance in bringing it about.

But we should examine ourselves before we condemn Abraham. We know the truth about God as he did, yet how often do we fail to live accordingly? Abraham trusted God with everything (offspring, land, prosperity, etc.), yet he failed to trust Him in this small detail. We tend to do the same thing, trusting God with our souls, yet failing to trust Him with our daily lives.

Believers actions are as strange as Abrahams, since we are willing to trust God with our eternity, yet often unwilling to trust Him with our Sundays, our entertainment, our conversations, and so on. That behavior does not make sense – if God can be trusted with the major issues, He can be trusted with the minor ones as well. Whether a life altering decision or simply deciding what to talk about, we should keep this in mind:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.

When striving for a closer walk with God, we are going to falter at times, as Abraham did. But don’t forget about His mercy! Praise the Lord for His grace and faithfulness despite our failures, as seen in the birth of Isaac in Gen. 21.

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