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Excuses or Humility? What Will You Choose?

January 11, 2017

Sermon of the Day: Practical Help for Praying for Help 

Genesis 20:9-12

And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.” 10 Then Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?”

11 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife. 12 But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.


In this chapter Abraham journeys to the south, to a foreign land and encounters King Abimelech a pagan king. Abraham chooses to tell a partial truth about his marriage situation in order to save his life. In theory this made sense, it sounded great in his mind.

Although the outcome seemed to turn out in Abraham’s favor there are always the unknown events that could have taken place had Abraham sought the will of God.

There are several take away points here.

The first is that we as Christians need to create a habit of seeking the Lord in our decision-making. Of course we make thousands of decisions on a daily basis, so to pray before all of them would be impractical. However, we can start making habits of praying for the big decisions that have a future timeline. Especially when the decisions will have significant impact.

When we do not do this we clearly reveal our lack of trust in the Lord. We are unsure the God of creation can handle our situation. We also lack the fear of God, we think that our decisions will save us.

Second, if we do make a wrong decision and get called on it, lets learn from Abraham and not handle it with excuses. How noble would it have been for Abraham to humble himself before King Abimelech and admit his wrong and ask for forgiveness?

In fact in v 13 Abraham slyly blames God for his actions. This is a clear sign of someone who is shoulder deep in their lies and is looking for anyone else to blame but themselves.

V 14 gives us another clear picture of Abraham’s guilt when he accepts gifts from the King. Earlier in Genesis 14 Abraham refused gifts from a pagan king. This pagan king is in fact illustrating how to heap coals of fire on your enemy’s head by killing them with kindness (Romans 12:20).

Men, let’s be men of character and integrity When we do make those mistakes, lets own it and admit our wrongs. Owning that we should have done the right thing rather than making excuses for why we didn’t. Let’s not be those type of men. Bring glory to God, don’t shame Him.

Lets learn to trust in the Lord with all our heart and stop leaning on our own understanding. Lets learn to acknowledge Him in all our ways so that He can make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).


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