Why Did Abraham Lie?

The other day I was reading something and saw it mentioned that Abraham lied. If you are not familiar with the story, you can find the story in Genesis chapter 12.

Abraham had gone to Egypt, because there was a famine in the land. As he was approaching Egypt, fear gripped him and he started concocting a story to tell the Egyptian because Sarah was so beautiful, he was sure he would be killed because of it. So Sarah went along with the lie and as Abraham suspected, Sarah was indeed singled out because of her beauty and Pharaoh wanted her. Abraham was treated well by Pharaoh because it was not known that she was his wife.

But true to the nature of God, truth emerged. Pharaoh’s house was afflicted with plagues and it let him know something was wrong and he inquired of Abraham and found out the truth. The first question Pharaoh asked Abraham was why did he lie?

I don’t know the answer that Abraham gave, but it was clear that his motive was selfish. He was only concerned about himself. He wasn’t even concerned about his wife, but just what would happen to him. And isn’t that why most of us end up lying? We are doing it purely for selfish reasons. But God had it all come out.

Sometimes things start to go haywire and we are not sure what the problem is. Could it be that we are carrying on a big ole lie and it’s starting to affect our lives? There is no such thing as a “little white lie”. Lies are all the same. They are deceptive and they have the potential to hurt everyone one involved.

Someone is in a mess today. Here is the Word of the Lord: STOP LYING!

Genesis 12

 

God’s Timing

We live in a time when we wait for NOTHING.  On Tuesday, I wanted to see this play called The Haves and Have Not’s and my first thought was I would go to Wal-Mart, then I changed my mind because Target was closer. Well I called Target to be certain they had a copy of the play and they didn’t. My second thought was, “I will wait until tomorrow”. Well I didn’t want to wait, so I promptly got on YouTube and rented it. NO WAITING.  It’s amazing how life is. You don’t have to wait to buy a DVD, or a CD. We wait for NOTHING.

This becomes a dilemma when God says something is going to happen and we have to wait. It’s almost unthinkable for most of us that we would have to wait on a particular promise for 10 years. This is why a lot of people end up NOT getting what God promised.

I was thinking about Abraham and Sarah and how they waited 25 years for their son.  And because Sarah did not believe and Abraham went along with the program, Ishmael came along because they did not wait on what God said.

God once revealed something to me and it took 22 years before it happened! It wasn’t something I was waiting on personally, but, it was something God showed me would happen in my family.  I must have a special grace for waiting because SUDDENLY it happened. It wasn’t good, but it taught me when God says something, it’s going to happen no matter how long it takes.

If you are going to walk with God and have a close relationship with him, get ready to WAIT. What we see in the world today, with everything instant, in no way reflects the ways of God.

I’m not saying everything is going to take a long time to manifest. But some things might and we have to learn how to trust God while waiting. If God makes you wait there MUST  be a reason and since He is God, He knows better. AGAIN, TRUST HIM!

Psalm 27:14

New International Version (NIV)

14 Wait for the Lord: be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Stage of Life

I didn’t realize it, but I’ve been in a crisis. I’ve gone through it for a while now. Yesterday I was listening to a women’s conference online and as the minister preached about Abraham and Sarah and the disappointment Sarah must have had, never having bore a child, the floodgates broke.

As the tears streamed down my face, I realized that there was a deep disappointment in my soul, having tried my best to do the right thing, only to come up lacking. If you knew my life, you would understand how I feel and felt. I tried to live like God told me to live. I didn’t backslide and I have lived right (no, I’m not perfect).

But when you get to a certain point in life and all that you have believed God for has eluded you, you can become bitter and it can fester and grow deep down inside. And then as a women, your ‘value” goes down, as you age according to the world, and sadly even in the church.

When I look in the mirror, the reflection in no way reflects the number, however the number is still the number. A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a prescription from the pharmacy and you have to give your date of birth and the girl behind the counter asked me if the prescription was for me. When I said yes, she was stunned. She was shocked at my age, and honestly I am too. I’m shell-shocked. (lol) She thought I was in my thirties.

Honestly, I feel as though, it too late for a lot of things. I’ve kind of given up hope. I have thought perhaps it’s not meant to be. Perhaps I will not have a family. This has been deep inside for sometime now, all while speaking words of faith.

In the midst of this though, I received a word of clarity about all the back and forth with moving. At one time, It may have been God’s method, but the prophet recently addressed the fact that every time I have made plans, something has gone wrong, and that deep down inside I knew the answer.

In spite of everything I just shared, I still believe God. My greatest hope is that God’s perfect plan will prevail and manifest, but I now know that the way it will happen has changed. Thank God! He is wanting to protect me because God knows that I have gone through so much, that I could not bear anymore disappointment. Thank God for the prophetic! God is going to bring my blessing to me and that is because he is mindful of my stage of life.

Have the promises of God eluded you, all while you are getting older? God knows something about it we don’t know. If this is your concern, you still must trust God!

Genesis 21:1-2

New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Isaac

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.