God gave Abraham a promise that his offspring would inherit the land of Canaan. When Abraham arrived in Egypt, he feared the Egyptians would kill him and take his wife Sarah. The two events may seem unrelated but think about this, when Abraham arrived in Egypt, he had no offspring. Therefore, his time to die had not come because the promise had not been fulfilled.
God’s promises speaks to your future, your tomorrow. Abraham committed a most cowardly deed, the most despicable act a husband could commit because he, at that moment, lost sight of HIS promise. He allowed his wife to be taken by another man because he feared his life. For a moment he didn’t trust the promise or the “Promise-or”
Perhaps that is why God spoke to him in Canaan. He knew Abraham would fear the Egyptians. So he gave him a promise to hold onto. He gave him a promise to encourage and fortify him as he journeyed through Egypt. Instead of prostituting his wife to protect his life, perhaps Abraham should of said, “I will not die in Egypt because my promise has not been fulfilled. I will not fear death. I will honor my wife.”
Allow God’s promises to emboldened you as you walk through your Egypt. Let his promises remind you that He has a plan and a future for you. Let his promises drive your decision making and not fear. God’s promises for you will come to pass! Trust the God who gave you the promise.
“The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.””
Genesis 12:7, 11-13 NIV