The Cost of Self-made Solutions


And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.  Genesis 12:15-16

         Abram panicked.  Afraid that a powerful Pharaoh would kill him and Sarai, he decided how he would save them instead of trusting God to do it.  If he told the Pharaoh that the lovely Sarai was his wife, the Pharaoh would kill him to acquire her.  If he said that Sarai was his sister, the Pharaoh would, most likely, take her but spare him.  What he didn’t even consider was that God might have a solution that would spare them both and their marriage.

         Is this not what afflicts faith-less children of God?  If I can’t conceive the answer, I assume it doesn’t exist.  Abram really believed there were only two options.  It will take failure and humiliation for Abram to see how powerful his God is.

         A self-made solution may bring immediate relief but it always comes with a price.  Because my ingenuity appears to have worked, this reinforces the lie that I must take care of myself.  When the next crisis comes, I won’t think twice about stepping in to play ‘god’ again.  I’m not aware until later that I’ve stepped outside of the miracle realm where God created me to live.  His design is for me to live wide-eyed and wonder-filled.  I was created to be a thrill-seeker and this is fulfilled in Christ as I journey by faith.  As I, daily, acknowledge my own powerlessness, I look up to see what God will do.  I’m always stunned!

         What did Abram lose by problem solving without God?  He lost his wife.  He lost respect with the Pharaoh.  God will be gracious, true to His promise, to save them but at this point, Abram doesn’t know that.  For the price of his life, he went to bed alone that night.  His so-called victory was hollow in the face of the loss of Sarai.

         Self-made solutions are always temporary and, sooner or later, yield bitter tears.

I will not take matters today into my own hands.  I know the payoff will only feel good temporarily.  I want the long-term payoff of seeing You work Your miracle.  Amen

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