THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The congregation of a local country church decided to meet together and pray for rain.
It was well noted that only one little girl brought an umbrella!
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 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.
14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
Abraham was known as the "friend of God."
He was also known as a righteous man.
But he was a sinner just like anyone else.
This particular story about Abraham is there to teach us a valuable lesson.
Things weren't going well with Abraham.
Conditions weren't favorable for raising cattle because there "was a famine in the land."
Abraham had to travel to a country where there were people stronger than him.
And he was AFRAID. So he predetermined he would lie.
He even conspired with his wife and coerced her into lying also.
When our faith falters, we are prone to do that which is not normal for a Christian.
Sometimes it causes us to "give up" on other people.
There is a "famine" in America's churches today.
Virtually every pastor I speak to recognizes this "famine."
It is a famine of people willing to work for the Lord.
In America, we have invented so many "things to do" that Christians become totally immersed in their own lives and leave no time for labor in the Lord's ministry.
Jesus recognized that same "famine of people willing to work."
He said, "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2)
If you feel there is a famine of workers in your church, don't "give up" and move.
Instead PRAY!! Pray and keep on keeping on!!
Remember, a step away from God's truth is a step toward the devil's lie!