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Disguises And Choosing Humility Over Pride – Lessons From Abraham’s Lie


Disguises And Choosing Humility Over Pride – Lessons From Abraham’s Lie


Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife and he called her his sister to the Egyptians. 


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.” 

Genesis 12:10-13


Reading this particular story about Abraham led me to go back to the basics. It made me ask questions. Abraham lied and yet God didn’t punish him for it.


So, what is truth? Is there a difference between truth and sincerity? Is truth relative or an absolute? Can acting outwardly truthfully without meaning it inwardly be a disguise for pride? A way of boasting and saying. “This is me.” As one thumps their chest and screams false bravado?


Abraham knew his truth. But did the world (Egyptians) have to know it too?Was hiding his true self in humility better in this particular scenario? By the time Abram went to Egypt, God had already promised to make him great and the father of many nations. Abraham could have boasted in this knowledge. He could have told the Egyptians the truth knowing God would protect him. And yet he chose to be humble. He chose to hide himself.


This shielding himself in clothes of humility allowed him to live well in Egypt. And even after his lie had been discovered, he was sent packing with gifts.


I don’t don’t know the mind of God. I don’t know why he chooses to do certain things. But I’m starting to realize that the things of God are not always cut and dry. They are not always black and white as we see with human eyes. And this is teaching me to take a pause once in a while. To resist giving quick judgements. To ask questions and seek for answers. To learn and grow daily. Not to be rigid and proud but allowing for flexibility and humility. Because at the end of the day, God prefers humility to pride. Even if that humility maybe clothed in a seeming lie and pride clothed in seeming truth.


And at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people say about you. Or what label they attach to you. What matters more than anything is that whatever you do, you do it for Jesus. You do it to please him.
Don’t be a people pleaser. Be a God pleaser. Even if pleasing God means drinking a few wines and getting drunk in celebration of God saving you from the great flood like Noah while your self righteous friends (we all play this role at one time or another) think you have lost it.


Sometimes, a good act before men can be an evil act before God. There was a man (Uzzah) in the book of Samuel who tried to prevent the Ark of the Lord’s covenant from falling and the Lord struck him dead. Right there! At the spot! The man probably prided himself in his ability to save God and God thought otherwise. 


And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:6-7


I pray that Jesus gives us wisdom to be discerning of right from wrong in whatever we do. And above all I pray that he gives us the grace to discern instead of judging. To love more and stop hating.


John


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