Who Knows What Will Happen?
Seems to me we spend a lot of time talking about what will happen if one person does this or the other person does that. We discuss and forecast as if we are in complete control.
Man has choices. I thank God for mine and I will exercise the right to vote. I also thank God that His purposes prevail in the midst of our choices. He is sovereign and He will accomplish His plan.
Starting today, I’m highlighting scripture passages that demonstrate God moving among rulers–even those who aren’t His servants–all for the purpose of accomplishing His plans.
The first example is from Genesis 20.
Where: Gerar, in the region of the Negev
Who: Abraham and Sarah (still a childless couple at this point)
What: Abraham and Sarah lie to King Abimelech (claiming Sarah is his sister rather than his wife)
Scripture tell us in earlier chapters that Sarah was a beautiful woman. It seems King Abimelech agreed. He sent for Sarah to be brought to the palace.
But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” Genesis 20:3
The king had a plan, but it wasn’t in accord with God’s plan. Abraham lied. His lie set up his wife to be taken to the palace, intended to be added to the wives of a foreign king.
But God did not allow Abimelech to touch Sarah (see verses 4 – 6).
So why did Abraham lie?
I said to myself, “There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.” Genesis 20:11
Abraham was afraid. He thought he had to manipulate the situation to be safe.
God’s plans to make Abraham a great nation through a descendant He would bring from Abraham and Sarah would not be changed by the choices of man. Not Abraham’s choices. Not King Abimelech’s choices.
Who knows what will happen?
Rather than punish Abraham–this foreigner–for his deception, the king returned Sarah, then gave Abraham sheep, cattle, and silver. He then said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”
Talk through this story with your kids. Ask them to predict the ending. Do they expect the king to show such favor to Abraham?
Here’s a great link to remind yourself of other “But God” scriptures.
Is there a personal situation you’re frustrated with, or are you in fear of a certain outcome? What truth from God can you hold onto?