Isn’t it good to know that God doesn’t abandon us when we mess up? He sticks with us, not because he has no choice, but rather because of his mercy and grace.

Today’s Reading: Genesis 20:1-22:24 (additional reading Psalm 9:1-12 and Proverbs 2:16-22)

Keyt Verse:  “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again,” Genesis 20:17

How does God respond to our failures? How will God look at us when we fail a lot more than succeed in the Christian Life? Sometimes we will have repeated moral failures, our faith does not stand the test and other times we will fail to live up to our calling from God or the expectation of others.

The Bible shows us how God responds to his people’s faults and failures. Today in Genesis 20 is one of those times. Abraham once again lies about Sarah being his sister in order to protect himself. This is despite the fact that Abraham has committed this same sin before when he was in Egypt and had been rebuked by Pharaoh (Genesis 12:10-13:4).

This occurrence with Abimelech makes Abraham a repeat offender. Abraham had been in this situation before and had failed. Maybe you can identify with Abraham because the same struggles and the same failures keep turning up in your own life, even long after you may have believed they were gone or overcome.

I’ve got good news because we see from this story how God really responds when we mess up. He responds with grace!

  • God still forgives us – God still calls Abraham a prophet v7
  • God still protects us – v7-13
  • God still blesses us – v14-16
  • God still uses us – v17 – 18

Sometimes when we’ve really blown it, we begin to think, “Well that’s it- my ministry is over- God would never use someone like me.” We feel like Samson that we have lost our empowerment because of disobedience. But when we repent God is merciful, not only in forgiving us but also in continuing to use us for His purposes. We certainly see that principle at work in Genesis 20:17-18. Abraham, the one who caused this mess to begin with, prays and God responds and heals Abimelech’s family.

God still used Abraham in his role to become the Father of God’s people. Isn’t it good to know that God doesn’t abandon us when we mess up? He sticks with us, not because he has no choice, but rather because of his mercy and grace.

Reflection

  • What sin/habit do you find yourself repeating?
  • Do you need to seek God’s forgiveness and restoration?
  • Do you believe God can use you despite your failings?

Prayer

Father, Thank You that You are a God of mercy and grace. We are so sorry for the times we mess up and the times we repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We realise that we are weak, but know that you can empower us to live a Godly life. Thank you for your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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