“Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male
and female slaves and gave them to Abraham,
and he returned Sarah his wife to him.
And Abimelek said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like.’
To Sarah he said, ‘I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.’
Then Abraham prayed to God…”
Genesis 20:15-17 (NIV)
When Abimelek learned of Abraham’s sin of deception he rightly rebuked Abraham. In the Bible we sometimes see how ungodly people rebuke a child of God for their sin.
For example, when Jonah’s sin almost caused the sailors to lose their lives in the storm on the sea, Jonah confessed his sin and the sailors rebuked him Jonah 1:10.
What a sad situation when the unconverted do not sin against the Lord as certain of God’s people sin against Him.
However, as we saw in our devotional yesterday, God does not give up on His wayward child. Instead, when we confess our sin as Abraham did in our text today, God provides us with blessing just as Abraham was blessed.
Graciously, God prevented Abimelek from sinning because of Abraham’s lies. The Lord prevented the man from taking Sarah as his wife and thus marrying the wife of another man. So the Lord was gracious to both parties involved in Abraham’s deceit.
The Lord is exceptionally willing to be gracious to all of us, sinners and saints alike. What Christians need to do in order to receive grace from the Lord is to acknowledge their need of it. The Lord is not stingy about dispensing grace to the needy. He is generous to all who call on Him.
If you are suffering today, come to this God of grace and ask Him, for Jesus’ sake, to pour out grace to you. If you have stumbled and gone astray from the Lord, return to Him and experience His rich forgiveness and His strength to avoid that sin the next time you are tempted. Confession is indeed good for the soul.