Failure is Always an Option

Genesis 12:10 At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner.

Abraham is the father of faith. But he was not always perfect in his faith. God told him to leave his country and his relatives, so he headed to the land of promise, the land of Canaan. But when a famine hit the land, he hit the road.

His faith moved him to the land God promised but it did not keep him there. The God who brought him to Canaan would have gotten him through the famine. But Abraham didn’t go to the Lord in prayer. He took matters into his own hands and went to Egypt.

Abraham stopped trusting God. And he asked his wife to participate in a lie by saying she was his sister. Pharaoh saw the beautiful Sarah and added her to his harem. But when a series of plagues hit Pharaoh’s house, he discovered that it was because Sarah was Abraham’s wife. He took her back to Abraham and basically said, “Why did you lie to me? Take your wife and get out of here.”

It’s a sad thing when an unbeliever corrects you. Abraham’s sin was exposed. And by the way, sin always will be exposed. The Bible says, “Your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). It doesn’t matter how carefully you hide it. It will come out one day.

We all sin. We all fall short. We all mess up. Maybe like Abraham, you’ve told lies. You’ve told lies to cover up your lies. You don’t even know what is true anymore. You just know your life is a mess. There is no joy. There is no peace. God can fix it, but you have to admit it and reach out to Him. He will forgive you of your sin.


David Ball