“And he said to Sarah, “Look, I am giving your brother one thousand pieces of silver. It is a verification of your honor to all who are with you. You are fully vindicated.” Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female slaves so that they could bear children, for the Lord had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech’s household on account of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.” (Genesis 20:16–18, CSB)
For the Lord had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech’s household on account of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. When did nonchalance become the response to God’s words? We serve a God whose name is Almighty! Let that name roll off your tongue a few times. Go ahead, say it out loud right now a few of times a few different ways. “ALL–Mighty!” “All-MIGHTY!” “ALL-MIGHTY” Can you feel it? That’s the God who designed our marriage!
All too often, we forget that God is watching and that he is acting, intervening, thwarting, and even promoting different actions and attitudes in our lives. God is alive and active in our lives for our benefit and protection, even when we are on a path of disaster and destruction of our own making.
You can see here that God was applying what is called in basketball, “a full-court press” on King Abimelech. While Abraham foolishly left his wife in the arms of the King, God wasn’t about to allow harm to come to her. This is NO WAY justifies Abraham’s stupidity born out of fear.
God’s mercy and goodness overpower even the bad decisions our spouse makes. True, we often pay the consequences for those missteps. However, God often mitigates the severity of the consequences because of His unfailing love.
As Abimelech paid a generous “offering” to Abraham for his “almost adultery” we see God’s judgment on the matter. “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female slaves so that they could bear children, for the Lord had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech’s household on account of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.”
God takes the sanctity of our marriage seriously. So should we!
Magnificent Marriage Mondays are helpful hints, clues, ideas, and solutions for the child of God who is looking for a spouse, in a relationship with someone, or are already married. Each post seeks to bring help, hope, and honesty to your life and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. They are written by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, and come from his 38 years, 5 months and 2 days experience with his wife, Melodee, who was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. He is currently seeking God’s will for his new life partner. He welcomes your comments below.