Do you fully trust God – all the time, in every situation? Or do you do pretty good some days and not so good others? Often I trust God’s direction and provision and step out in obedience. But I admit that there are times that I hold back. I take matters into my own hand and do things in a way I think is best.
Life – and Scripture – shows me that I am not alone. Today, we’ll see that even Abraham had those moments when he had trouble fully trusting God.
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “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.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Genesis 12:1-5, NIV
What did God ask Abram to do? How did Abram respond?
Abram took a huge step of obedience. He left everything familiar behind and dragged his entire household and all his belongings into the unknown. Not sure I would do that. Abram exhibit great faith. That day.
Let’s see what happens on a day not too far past the great day of faith.
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Genesis 12:10-13, NIV
Soon, Abram faced a different trial. This time, he decided to handle it on his own. (If you’d like to see how it turned out, read Genesis 12:14-20.) One day Abram exhibited great faith. On another, his actions reveal he was still growing and learning to trust God. Can you relate?
In an odd way, it’s encouraging for me to know that Abram had bad faith days. It proves I don’t have to be hopelessly faith-challenged. That I can continue to grow and deepen my trust in God.
What about you? Can you relate to Abram? In what ways does his story encourage you?