God gave Abraham the land of Canaan where all the promises made to him were to be accomplished. It was Abraham’s personal decision to go down to Egypt without consulting God and obviously this was outside the plan of God.
The decision eventually made Abraham to take over the control of his life from the hands of God who had made wonderful promises to him. He left God out of his calculations and soon became a victim of self-imposed circumstances.
In the first instance, he considered a strange land better than the one God had given him because of the famine in Canaan. He failed to realise that God alone is in control of circumstances.
You are safer in a famine in His will than in a palace out of His will. The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Abraham failed the test of circumstances and turned from the will of God. Once in Egypt, Abraham faced a new set of problems.
If you run away from one test, you will soon face another. Once you enroll in “the school of faith”, you are not allowed to “drop out” just because of one failure.
God has purposes to fulfil in you and through you; He will do all that is necessary to make you succeed (Psalms 138:8; Philippians 1:6).
In Canaan, all Abraham had to deal with was a famine; but in Egypt, he had to engage in deception as a means of survival.
This is what often happens to many people who leave their homeland for uncertain opportunities in a strange land. Abraham moved from trusting to scheming as he abandoned his altar in Canaan.
When you stop trusting God’s word, you start leaning on man’s wisdom; and this leads to trouble.
When you find yourself scheming in order to escape problems with people, beware, worse trouble is coming! Abraham also moved from confidence to fear.
When you are in the place of God’s choice, you do not need to be afraid for faith and fear cannot dwell in the same heart.
The fear of God is the fear that conquers every fear, but the fear of man brings a snare (Proverbs 29:25). God had repeatedly said, “I will” to Abraham, but now Abraham was saying “They will” (Genesis 12:12). He took his eyes off the Lord and started looking at people.
Another change took place in Abraham’s life. He moved from “others” to self.
He lied and traded off his wife so that it might be well with him. As the husband, Abraham should have thought first of his wife before going to Egypt, and not thinking selfishly of his own safety upon getting to Egypt.
This shows that a husband operating outside the will of God can bring untold trouble to his wife and family. His lie led to the near loss of his wife if not for divine intervention. By this, he moved from bringing blessing to bringing judgement upon Pharoah and his household. Abraham lost his testimony before unbelievers and had to face embarrassment and rebuke.
Abraham eventually learned his lesson, repented and went out of Egypt. When you disobey the will of God, the only right thing to do is to go back to the place where you left Him and make a new beginning.
No failure is permanent in the school of faith. Abraham went back to his tent and altar and the life of a pilgrim and stranger.
If your altar is presently abandoned or sick, retrace your steps, go back to the Lord and firm up your relationship afresh that it may be well with you and your household.
The peace of God be with you, in Jesus’ mighty name.