Abraham’s Call • Devotion #6: Abraham & Sarah Lie
Wes McCullough | Production Director
A few weeks ago I watched a special on Netflix called The Push. The premise of this social experiment is this: can an ordinary person be coerced to kill someone in 90 minutes? The entire situation is scripted and directed with actors, props, special effects, and filmed with hidden cameras. Dozens of people were involved in the social experiment but only the subject was unaware of the goal. Starting with small compromises the subject of the experiment is influenced with peer pressure and strong suggestions that were less than moral. This social experiment was conducted five times, only one person refused the final “push” to take a life.
When I read of Abram and Sarai’s journey to Egypt in Genesis 12:10-20, my thoughts were of principles. Principles are foundational to our character. We should not violate them for any reason. I wonder why Abram would trust his own cunning over God’s protection. God had just directed Abram towards the Promised Land with this assurance, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). Much like ourselves, Abram’s focus on God’s impending blessings was quickly lost. He let the situation be more important than God’s will.
God’s faithfulness to His promise shines in this story. God promised Abram and Sarai’s offspring would be too numerous to count. When Abram gave up his wife for his safety, God orchestrated a reunion so they could one day receive the promised blessing. Once again we see that God can not be caught off guard and His plan can not be distorted by our failures.
Are your principles set in stone? If someone asks you to lie, cheat, steal, or kill will you be ready to answer? Make the Christ-like choice and let God sort it out. It is much worse to offend God than man.