Faltering Faith

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 12:10-20

Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt. (v. 10, niv)

Things never go right for God’s people when they go to Egypt. Remember Joseph and his brothers? They did well initially, but it wasn’t long before the Israelites all became slaves, after a Pharaoh arose “who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). In the Old Testament, the land of Egypt stands for “the house of bondage” (Exodus 20:2, kjv).

Things didn’t go well for Abraham in Egypt either. But he couldn’t blame it on the cruelty of an enslaving Pharaoh. Abraham’s problem was self-inflicted. And unfortunately, his Egyptian sojourn shows that Abraham did not always exercise his faith in God. He tried to solve this problem on his own. Afraid that he would be killed, he told his wife Sarah to lie and say that she was his sister.

The plan backfired, and Sarah was rescued only by God’s intervention. Things eventually turned out O.K., but only by the grace of God.

There’s something wrong here. That something is Abraham’s weak faith. It’s ironic—the “Father of the faithful” here shows his lack of faith. The Bible never idealizes its heroes. They are all human and every one of them stumbles at times. When your faith falters, the key is to get back up and follow the Lord once more.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that despite my faltering faith, you still are faithful. Amen.