17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had. Genesis 12:17-20
I often wonder why the Lord didn’t punish Abram instead of Pharaoh. After all, it wasn’t Pharaoh’s fault what Abram did.
At any rate, the Pharaoh figured out quickly what Abram’s game was. He wanted nothing to do with Abram and Sarai. Abram got what he wanted but what did it cost him? Some really bad things could have happened to Sarai. Can you imagine the conversation leaving Pharaoh? Abram deserved the silent treatment for a few years over that blunder.
Fortunately, they both made it away safely, and with safe passage.
Even in our blunders, God can set things anew. It’s not always guaranteed that the Lord will bail us out of bad situations, especially ones that we cause. Often we have to learn about consequences first. Sometimes those consequences are punishment enough.
In reality, though, God saved us from huge blunders in our lives, causing most of the problems we encountered. We were headed our own way when God intervened. Yes, He intervened in a big way. So while it is very easy to criticize Abram for his actions, we really should turn more towards God Himself because He intervened in Abram’s life.
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. –Romans 5:8