Key idea to think about today, God is willing to take the amount of faith we have, whether big or small, and work with us - he will meet us halfway. Last week, we left off with Abram stepping out in faith, with God alongside him, in verses 1-6. Abram sees the big promise and takes a step in faith. However, note that he hedges / has a backup plan. So this week, in verse 7-8, we see that Abram sets up two altars as reminders of God's faithfulness. However, by verse 13, he encounters first test: he's afraid that the pharaoh will take his beautiful wife and kill him (as the husband). The test here is, does Abram really believe that God will take care of him? And for us, do we trust that his promises will come to fruition one day, even when we come across obstacles along the way? It's hard to understand how one moment, Abram is so faithful, and the next moment, he's giving up his wife to the pharaoh. Psam's theory to why this might happen is as follows: Verse 10, we can make the mistake in thinking that God's presence and promise in one moment means that God will make everything good moving forward - that we won't face any more trials and tribulations. However, this is not true! What he promises is that he will be with us through it all. Abram thought, I left everything - and now there's a famine; can I really trust God through this? From this kernel of doubt and fear, there's a full fledged fear that develops. So by the time he gets to the Pharaoh, he's really hedging (giving up his wife to save his own life)! What we need to watch out for is that we often attach a sub-promise to God's promise, even though God never meant that sub-promise. And if something goes against the sub-promise, we begin to doubt God's actual promise. Challenge for us: Can we trust in seasons of famine? Can we worship during times of uncertainty?
PSam wants to emphasize this: If you feel like God has put you on hold, don't hang up the line! Continue contending and seeking - believe God will hear you and answer. Being impatient can indicate that we're putting our requests higher than God- God doesn't want this; he wants a relationship with us, so he might put us on hold to not let us go away from him after getting the answer. Despite Abram's lack of complete trust, which manifests as a relational series of decisions with ups and downs - God's faithfulness isn't dependent on Abram's actions. God will see to the fruition of his promise, regardless of how faithless we can be in various moments. What we can find comfort in is that our faithfulness or unfaithfulness doesn't change God's faithfulness to us - and we can see this promise through his Son.