“Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.” Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom?” Genesis 20:6-9
Many followers of God have the mistaken notion that the journey of faith involves becoming gradually more and more righteous until at last we become worthy of friendship with God. But this is not what the journey of faith is like. No human being ever reaches a point in this life where he is beyond the reach of temptation, sin and spiritual error. Although Abraham is a friend of God, he is vulnerable. He suffers a relapse in judgement and truth. The Philistines were a highly religious people. The king of the Philistines was named Abimelek, which means “my father is king.” This suggests an authority no higher than man. We see a symbolic picture of the church—the secularized institutional body that sees ultimate authority as residing not with God but with church councils, and assemblies. The Philistines were the secularized religionists who displayed an outward from of righteousness and religion but on the inside were far from God. When Abraham got in a tight spot, he would make a deal. He was ready to cut and run, but God exposed his deal. God was always a truth bearer in Abraham’s life.
Do you have a truth bearer in your life, if not pray for God to become the truth bearer in your life. It may be a matter of life and death. Pray for Jesus to become “the way, the truth and the life” in your heart and soul this morning. Pray for NewLife Gathering this morning. Pray for our pastors and staff.