Trusting God in the Impossible
Today’s Texts: 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.
“And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, ‘Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.'”
As their relationship with the Lord grew, Abram and Sarai would understand a principle David articulated in the 56th Psalm:
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 (vv. 14-20). As his 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.
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken authentically communicates biblical truth making his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added.)
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 [Public domain].