A group of ladies at our church are going through the study Patriarchs by Beth Moore. This is the second time I have done this study and I am learning new things. It is SO neat how God's Word is always fresh no matter how much we intake.
A lesson that jumped out at me this week was in Genesis 12:17. It says, "But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai." So far in the study Patriarch's we are studying the life of Abram and Sarai. We know that prior to this verse Abram lies to Pharaoh telling him that Sarai is his sister not his wife. So Pharaoh takes Sarai into the palace to live as his wife.
We just learned in day one (week one) that Abram was called out of a luxurious life and Sarai followed, but we aren't sure of her thoughts. We know that she worships other gods in the future of their story, but we do not know where her heart is right now in this verse.
Is it possible God was allowing this trial in her life for a glorious reason? What possibly do you think that could be? For me I can imagine many reasons, but one really hit me this time through. Sarai might not have really known who God was and what her new God could do. It is possible her faith was very weak if in fact she did believe in the True God. I am going out on a limb here to wonder if this was possibly a faith strengthening exercise for her.
Do we all make mistakes? Sure! Do we all go through trials? No doubt! When we go through trials we learn a lot about ourselves if we do some examining, and we also learn a lot about who God is. Knowing this, do you suppose God allowed the circumstance for a greater purpose than Abram and Sarai could realize? Sarai surely learned that God can rescue and is in control of all things including health/sickness.
It gives great encouragement to know that in life when we do make mistakes God goes before us and can teach us great truths about Himself through the trials even WE create. Not to say there will not be consequences for our mistakes that God will still require us to go through. We should always RUN from sin, trust in the Lord, and live pure before Him, but when we do fall and make mistakes the Lord can use our bad for His good.