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Obedience – Important in All Areas of Life

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

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So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Genesis 12:18 (NIV)

Have you ever lied to save your own skin? Looking back, how did that work?

Though Abram (later Abraham) is commended throughout the Bible as a great man of faith, he had kinks in his spiritual armor. Afraid that the Egyptians would see his beautiful wife, Sarai, and decide to kill him and take her, Abram introduced her as his sister. Result? Pharaoh took her to be his wife. Abram threw his wife under the bus.

Despite Abram’s cowardice, God came to the rescue. He struck Pharaoh and his household with serious diseases. Upon discovering that Sarai was Abram’s wife, Pharoah forced Abram and his entire family to leave Egypt-immediately. Due to God’s mercy, Abram dodged a bullet.

What can we learn here? First, speaking truthfully is important to God and to others. Secondly, even the best of leaders fail to tell the truth at times.

Solution? Seek forgiveness from God and others. Next time, tell the truth. It’s the right thing to do.


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