“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:2-3, NIV
Go read Genesis 12. This chapter is the introduction to the legendary “father Abraham” (who at this time was called Abram). Abraham’s story begins with a promise from God (vv.1-3). Right out of the gate, Abraham is walking in God’s favor. Notice that the bible never once talks about how Abraham earned this favor. It does not say, “Abraham was good and upright and always went to church and always did the right thing, and so God blessed him.” God reached out to Abraham out of his own choice! He made Abraham for this destiny, not because Abraham deserved it, and not because we deserved it, but simply because God is good.
So Abraham was obeying God’s call and going into the land God commanded. As he sojourned into Egypt, he sensed danger. Abraham knew that his wife, Sarai (also called Sarah) was beautiful and he knew that Pharaoh would not let anyone stand in the way of his possession of Sarai. Immediately, like any good problem-solver, he came up with his own solution for this impending threat. Forgetting the promise God had made to him that anyone who curses Abraham will in turn be cursed, he devised his own plan to preserve his life. In verse 13, Abraham says to his wife, “Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” Sarai agrees, and Pharaoh took her as his wife and gave Abraham a huge sum of livestock and servants as a sort of payment. This plot for preservation cost Abraham’s wife her dignity and cost them the integrity of their marriage. He lied to protect himself, and had no regard for her.
His plan achieved what he had intended and his life was spared. Abraham took matters into his own hands and strayed from Gods intended plans. He lied and gave up his wife in the process. As we continue reading, we see that God still held up his end of the bargain—despite this detour. God made a promise to Abraham. Despite the fact that Abraham did not remain faithful to God’s plan, God never forsook him! Never.
God afflicted Pharaoh’s household and ensured the safe return of Sarai to Abraham and their safe departure from Egypt. Pharaoh was so upset that Abraham lied and inflicted guilt and diseases upon his house that he had them safely escorted out of Egypt with all of their belongings. God cursed the pharaoh for cursing Sarai. Even though Abraham took it upon himself to solve the problem, God kept up his end.
This is a prime example of how God loves. And how he operates. No matter what plans we devise for ourselves to make sure we are taken care of, putting our faith in our own abilities and in ourselves rather than in God, he goes with us and keeps his promises along the way. Always.
God took the promise even further than just with Pharaoh in Egypt. That event was not the ultimate fulfillment of what was promised in verses 1-3. Abraham’s lineage goes 42 generations to the birth Jesus. We are a part of the “great nation” that God promised would be made from Abraham. That promise was fulfilled in Christ when he died and rose again, overcoming the world, and is still being fulfilled today.
Keep in mind, God does NOT promise life will be easy. He assures us that we will run into trouble (John 16:33). But he promises that if we trust in him, we have hope. He has overcome the world. God is FAITHFUL. His promises are everlasting, outliving countless generations and stretching into eternity.
I encourage you this week to seek out God's promises for you and your life. Search through the word and find what God says about who you are, how he made you, and how he plans on taking care of you.
Find those promises and trust his word. He cannot let you down.
All materials written and designed by Heather & Daniel Christy.