Genesis 12:10: The trials of faith.
“10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.” NIV
The life of faith is not trouble free. God does not inoculate against all pain. So we see the early onset of trial during Abram and Sarai’s pilgrimage. It was not just the case that there was a ‘’famine’’ in the land. This famine was ‘’severe.’’ But it didn’t indicate that this couple were out of God’s will. They were very much in it. A time of trial is an opportunity to grow in faith and prove God. In this next story we are going to learn how not to handle a crisis. For now, let us note that the presence of trouble does not indicate the absence of God. Nor does it mean that you are out of His will.
‘The God of glory, who had sent him forth, was responsible for his care in Canaan, even though famine prevailed. He ought to have stayed quietly in the position to which God had called him, leaving the Almighty to provide.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary,’ p. 19.
But he didn’t, as we will see.