Scaling the Great Pyramid with Abraham

Great Pyramid of Giza.

Great Pyramid of Giza. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb. Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. Genesis 12:9-10

Remember what Abram was doing prior to these verses? He had pitched a tent and built an altar. He built an altar to God in recognition of His provision and promises. What’s Abram doing now? Honestly, he’s lost his nerve and is running scared!

Why? What happened? How did he demonstrate his confidence in God so greatly one moment, then the next find himself cowering in the land of Pharaoh?

The text tells us there was a famine in the land. That means no food! Don’t miss this… When called by God, Abram left everything behind to seek the promises God gave him. He fully trusted that God would make good on these promises. He made it to Canaan.

But he didn’t believe God could give him food in a land devastated by famine. This is big, friends, and we need to see it. God promised to bless Abram, to make him a mighty nation, to make him a blessing to all the other nations. He gave him promise after promise to ensure that he knew his offspring would outnumber the stars!

Surely God could provide him with something to eat. We look at Abram and say, “Really?” “You trust God to do the impossible… but you don’t think He can feed you?” (I probably should be careful here not to scold too loudly, because…)

Don’t we resemble Abram much too often? We declare from the rafters that our salvation is secure in Christ Jesus, but worry about whether there will be enough funding to get through the month. Doesn’t that unexpected expense that depletes our bank account send us reeling with worry about how we’re going to make ends meet? Don’t we try to take matters into our own hands?

Jesus would one day respond to His disciples with these words. “Look around at the birds. Do you see them sowing and reaping and storing food in barns? Who takes care of them? God does! Look at the flowers. Who nourishes them? God does! Do you think you have the ability to add even one hour to your lives? Of course not (Matthew 6)!”

Simply stated, our Lord thought it ridiculous to spend our time worrying over food, clothing, and shelter.

Jesus would continue, “Don’t you think your Heavenly Father knows your every need? Don’t you know He has every intention of giving to you what you need?”

If God’s promises are true, then what we don’t have… we don’t need. Or at least we don’t need it yet.

When we worry about our circumstances, we admit that we don’t believe God cares. By worrying, we declare that our God can’t provide for us and meet our needs.

Because of his lack of trust, Abram’s life (along with those with him) is about to get a lot more complicated. When we choose fear over faith the same will be true for us also. We would do well to heed Paul’s words.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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5 Responses to Scaling the Great Pyramid with Abraham

  1. lambskinny says:

    As usual, superb. Thanks Michael. Carley

  2. ptl2010 says:

    I can do better than God is what we say
    When we stray
    We cannot find that in His Word
    What we find is if we trust Him
    He will direct our paths.
    When we don’t trust Him
    That is when all the trouble begins
    And we do not remember the times
    He has helped us out
    For we are stubborn
    Forfeiting peace in His ways
    Choosing troublesome, painful paths of our own.

    We will save all the heartburn, pain and worries
    If we would remain steadfast in His plan.
    Will we ever learn?
    That His plans are always good for us
    Never too early, nor too late
    Just perfect, all the time.

  3. mybroom says:

    It is a great progression for a Christian to move from the place of frantically repeating scriptures like a mantra that will unlock God’s favour – to resting in the fact that through Christ we are now permanently placed into His favour, it is the atmosphere we live in. Thanks for a great post, Graeme

  4. True – so true! We rejoice when God answers prayer; when He constantly does BIG things for us; when He undertakes for us in ‘impossible’ situations. We praise Him and sing His praises . . . and then, out-of-the-blue something comparatively small hits us and we start to get concerned.

    It is inconceivable, and yet it happens. As you say, it comes down to “we choose fear over faith”. How utterly foolish of us! Let’s call it what it is and turn to the Lord with complete confidence, for He is able – and willing, and ready! Our Father God delights to answer our prayers and to undertake for us when we trust Him to do so. Doubting Him is absurd!

    I am reminded again of the saying “Fear is faith in satan; faith is trusting God. Fear says ‘God may fail me’ but faith knows He keeps His Word.”

    We serve an amazing God!

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