And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” because he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold.”
-Thought is written as machashabah in Hebrew & it means to plan, scheme, comprehend, intend, contemplate, meditate or recollect. It also means to have a conscious mind or an extent of reasoning, remember past experiences & make rational decisions. It requires one to employ his/her mind rationally & objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation so as achieve set objectives.
-Isaac just like Abraham lied to Abimelech in Gerar that the wife was his sister on account of fear for his life (Gen 20:12). Drought brought about their migration in search for food & pasture in the city of Gerar. God promised to bless Abraham & his descendants, which He faithfully executed despite their fears. Sometimes we also doubt or forget Gods’ promises at the wake of threats like diseases, economic turmoil, financial constraints, political instability, social pressure, marital & family challenges etc. Our thoughts are filled with fear & anxiety, & we worry that calamity might befall us or a promise may never come to pass. At times it is a test of faith & other times; challenges that we face in life. We are reminded not to fear 365 times in the Bible just the number of days in a year, to show the importance of having faith in God. We therefore have confidence in Gods’ protection for nothing can separate us from His love, as He is our faithful Father in Whom we put all our trust & rest secure.
We thank You Abba Father, for everything You have done, everything You are doing & everything You will do unto us. We submit our hearts & thoughts to You that You may establish us in Your love & protection. You have not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love & sound mind, that we may remain stable in words & deeds. Help us to have firm faith in You Father, that we may overcome all challenges in life & access ultimate peace & blessings. Amen
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