Abram began to journey, aiming for a land the Lord would reveal. Along the way . . . he turned toward Egypt to supply to the needs of his entourage, an obvious lapse of confidence in the God He first began to follow.
In a second instance, later in the journey, Abram’s decision concerning his wife’s servant Hagar altered the plan God had given and Hagar, now suddenly disposable in Sarah and Abram’s eyes, did not “go away” as they hoped—God did not allow it.
Times of challenge are teaching times when we learn a lot about ourselves. Resulting pressures expose the true crux of the matter . . . the challenge may have little to do with the immediate but connects more to something earlier, something hidden from view.
The same is true of situations today. It may be the one thing you haven’t considered. Your core problem has become something “more than” and it will not go away because God will not allow it to.
Under pressure, confronted with details we never realized were there, we seem to find the end of that rope and finally for the first time acknowledge hidden issues we could not see before the pressures of what we’re going through exposed them.
The story of Abram’s compromise reminds us that discipleship and accountability protect us, not just in small and every-day matters but also when, left to choose, like Abram we are allured into wrong, often devastating choices.