Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.” —Genesis 20:11

            What actions have you taken or are you taking or will you take because of wrong thinking or depending on your own thoughts?

            In the verse above Abraham had:

  • Thought wrongly
  • Thought wrongly about the people of that place (an area between the Dead Sea and Gaza on the Mediterranean Sea)
  • Thought wrongly about the people’s belief of God in that place
  • Thought wrongly that he would be killed and Sarah taken

Wrong thinking brings about wrong conclusions.  We need to be careful about how we think people’s attitudes are about God.  God is working in the lives of so many people around us that we do not know.  If we make predetermined conclusions before we speak to them about our Lord God Almighty then we probably will not speak to them about Him.

In Abraham’s mind God was not at work in this region of the Negev, but he was wrong.  The King of Gerar, Abimelek, was visited by God in a dream and conversed with Him.  The King obeyed what God said to Him.  Not only that but “Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid” (Genesis 20:8).  Abimelek then questioned Abraham—

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? You have done things to me that should never be done.” And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”

Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.” ’ ” —Genesis 20:9-13

            Abraham’s wrong thinking, fear, lack of trust in God and wrong action with his wife caused conflict with Abimelek.  The same can be true of us as well.  Our wrong thinking, writing a false narrative we think is true in our thinking, can lead to conflict.  Oh, that we would look to our Lord and what He desires and beware of our own wrong thinking.  Wrong thinking plus wrong actions equals unnecessary conflict.  Let us think God’s thoughts and not depend on our own.

Dear Father, Oh that I would look to You and Your thoughts and not be and do what I think.  Help me, please, to line up with Your thinking and then be and do what You desire.  May this be so by Your Holy Spirit’s power and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.


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