“Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelek said, My land is before you; live wherever you like.” Genesis 20:14-15
As Abraham had moved into the region of the Negev he feared King Abimelek. He feared the king would like his wife enough to have him killed and take her to be his wife. Abraham chooses to twist the words a little and state that Sarah was his sister. When he does this, Abimelek takes Sarah to be with him. God stops him and warns him not to touch her.
After talking with Abraham about it, he gives Sarah back. The king then offers Abraham many animals, slaves, and the land. Abraham had received great favor with the man he feared.
In life many people fear other people. This is especially true of people who are in powerful positions and do not like the Christian belief. Many Christians fear what can be done to them.
In being afraid, many will take the situation into their own hands and try to work things out. They do not give God a chance to work through them. Often believers do not even give the non-believer a chance to believe in God.
Abraham was afraid of King Abimelek, and rightfully so, because the king did have the legal power to do what he wanted to. However, God is greater than the king. He can overrule the king’s desires. God also has the ability to touch the king’s life and change him. When God stepped into the picture, the king changed his ways.
As you are facing what appears to be a bad situation, what are you looking at? Or who are you looking at?
If you keep your focus on God and what He can do, it will relieve your fears. Stand back and allow God to work in the lives of others. See what God can do in your situation.
As with Abraham, God can give you favor with other people who do not seem to ever want to give you favor.
If you have God’s favor, you have all that you need, He will provide everything else.
I pray today that you will not fear what other people can do to you; that God will reveal His power to you; that you will have God’s favor on your life; that God will give you His favor with other people; and that you will be a light of who Jesus is.