FOUNDATION (Genesis 12/Psalm 56)

GENESIS 12:11-12; PSALM 56:3-4, 8-11


Abram’s experiential relationship with God was new and in many ways untested.  When faced with a seeming insurmountable problem, Abram was fearful.  As his relationship with the Lord grew, he would understand a principle David articulated in the 56th Psalm.

GENESIS 12:11-12

As [Abram] was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are.  When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’  Then they will kill me but will let you live.


The Egyptians Admire Sarai’s Beauty. 

PSALM 56:3-4, 8-11

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?

When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), in the Lord (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”


Abram would learn that God was not only intimately aware of every aspect of his life, but also able to intervene to accomplish His purposes.  As Abram’s relationship with God developed over time, Abram learned to trust God even in the most seemingly impossible situations.  In the same way, the more we learn to depend on God the less fearful we will be facing difficult situations in our own lives.

1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) The Egyptians Admire Sarai’s Beauty. By James Jacques Tissot [PD-US, PD-Art], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the NKJV, emphasis added.

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