But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married.”
What a dream. Can you imagine the God of the Universe telling you in a dream “You are a dead man”? Abimelech’s response is amazing, he answers not with fear but with confidence, knowing that he is blameless before God.
Another interesting note: in verse 16, Abimelech tells Sarah “I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. This comes just after Abraham explains that they are actually half-brother and sister. Also, do you all realize that Sarah is at this point 89 years old? And the first time someone stole her from Abraham, she was 65 (see Genesis 12:14)! The ladies at our Saturday English Bible Study have enjoyed these passages very much.
For a man who became the father of many nations, who was called the friend of God, and who is recorded in the Hall of Fame of Faith in Hebrews 11, Abraham was far from perfect. This is actually very encouraging for me. As I read through Hebrews 11, I don’t think only about the examples of faith, but I think about all the failures. Then I realize what great things God can do with such imperfect, sinful instruments. God doesn’t use perfect tools, He takes the imperfect tools and makes them perfect.
Only a perfect God can have a perfect plan that uses imperfect people with imperfect free wills who live in an imperfect world and still achieve His perfect result.
Today’s post was short, but I wanted to do it anyway just to get back into the habit after the weekend. I broke my streak after just 3 days, so now I’ll have to work to catch up. I hope that through this exercise I will be able to benefit you all as well, so that this will not only be for myself.
Thanks for all your continued prayers.
EDIT: This post is now officially a ninja-post, because I figured out how to keep my grandma on the front page while still having this one underneath it. I’m proud of myself.