Sunday, 30 March 2014

Walk Not By Sight

TEXT: GENESIS 12:10-20
Key verse: “Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee” (Genesis 12:13).
A close walk with God can be sometimes tortuous, particularly when embarked upon carnally. It is only by surrendering to God, to direct every step and approve all plans that the believer is assured of eventual victory.
Abram had been asked by God to leave his kindred in Haran for Canaan. On getting to Canaan, he discovered that the land was plagued with famine. His immediate reaction was to go to Egypt where he felt the situation was less grim, without first enquiring from who instructed him to proceed to Canaan, irrespective of the terrible situation there. Abram thus left God’s divine plan for myopic self-management.
The plight of Abram is comparable to the situation of some believers today. There are those who resort to self-pity and self-management in times of adversity. Ironically, it is in times of difficulties that believers ought to demonstrate the glory of God through faith in Christ. The Bible says that the just can only live by faith and not by sight or any other sensory perception. Sadly, many there are today who live by sight.
Believers owe it an abiding duty to sanctify God before all men. Being called by the name of the Lord, imposes clear responsibility and sobriety always. In these days of global economic recession, people are continually moving from place to place in search of greener pastures. Curiously, believers who ought to lift up their eyes unto the hill all the time, sometimes look away from God unto those problems. It ought not to be so. It was bad enough that Abram migrated to Egypt outside God’s will. It was worse that on getting to Egypt, he had to lie to protect his life. In times like these, we need to check up the promises of God in the Bible for daily provisions and believe that He will supply all our needs.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The fear of the Lord is wisdom, but the fear of man ensnares.

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