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Monday, August 7, 2017

Down to Egypt

August 7

(Genesis 12:10-20 NIV) "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. {11} As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. {12} When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. {13} Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you." {14} When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. {15} And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. {16} He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels. {17} But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. {18} So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? {19} Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" {20} Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had."

When God told Abraham to go, Abraham went -- even though he didn't know for sure where he was going. That’s faith! But then Abraham messed up. When the “blessing” didn’t show up as soon as he thought it should, Abraham doubted God and panicked. When the “land of milk and honey” didn’t prove to be as sweet as he wanted, the “Father of Faith” got cold feet, and flesh prevailed over spirit. When Abraham ran out of food, he ran out of faith, and he went “down to Egypt”. Don’t miss the word “down”. Egypt was always a step down for God’s people. Abraham moved to a place where he wasn’t supposed to be. He was out of God’s will and when we deviate from God’s plan, we always go “down”. Predictably, he crashed there. Are you on the road of fear, headed down to Egypt? Turn around. Take the road of faith back home. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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