Genesis 20:14-18: ‘In all things…’

“14 Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like.’ 16 To Sarah he said, ‘I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offence against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.’ 17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.” NIV UK

It’s necessary to read verse 3 in the light of verses 17, 18. The last two verses explain the third verse. It has been pointed out that Abimelech showed great integrity in dealing with Abraham. First of all, he rebuked him to his face. He didn’t go behind his back. But he didn’t make any excuses either, and he sought to put things right, to make restitution (14-16). So Abraham came out of this fiasco better off than before (in one sense). I am reminded of the great truth that ‘’we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’’ (Romans 8:28). This includes their sins and failures. It doesn’t excuse or justify their misdemeanours, but it does embrace them. We see in the Bible how God even uses the bad things His people get into to further His purposes in them, and in the world at large. Nothing goes to waste. But that doesn’t mean we can ever be blasé about sins. While they can be forgiven, we are not necessarily shielded from their consequences. Always remember that God hates sin and is utterly hostile towards it.  Is there someone you need to get right with today? It may be that, as was the case with Abimelech, you feel you have been wronged by the other party. Don’t let that prevent you doing what you can to sort things out from your side.

PRAYER: Lord, please give me grace to do what I know to be right, even though it may entail self-humbling.