Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”

– Genesis 12:10-13 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

The Scripture does not give us one-dimensional characters in its accounts. Abraham, the father of our faith, had many faults, but this honesty is freeing, because it empowers us to admit our weaknesses. The glory of God is revealed not by our perfections, but His ability to impact our lives in the midst of our faults. This means that we don’t have to “get our act together” before God can accept us and guide us. Abraham’s insecurities proclaim the God who uses insecure people.

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