THE BIBLE doesn't try to paint its heroes as anything but real people with real flaws. Consequently, Abraham becomes real, not despite his frailties, but because of them. Like all real people, he had weaknesses.
THE BIBLE doesn't try to paint its heroes as anything but real people with
real flaws. Consequently, Abraham becomes real, not despite his frailties,
but because of them. Like all real people, he had weaknesses. Some of them
are disappointing to look at, but they help us see the whole man. And those
weaknesses help us learn how to regard our own.
One of Abraham's flaws was that he turned to deceit when his life was on
the line. While he was in Egypt during the famine, he ended up lying to
Pharaoh, saying that Sarah was his sister to save his own skin. Then, even
after the scheme blew up in his face, he did the same thing again several
Whether this ugly trait was inherited genetically or learned by example,
Isaac picked it up from his father. Many years later, after Abraham had
died, Isaac moved near the Philistine city of Gerar. "When the men who
lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, 'She is my
sister.' He was afraid to say, 'She is my wife.' He thought, 'They will
kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful'" (Genesis 26:7).
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
If you have children, share your past mistakes with
them and help them learn from your failures. They won't think less of you;
they'll admire your authenticity. They will feel closer to you. Your
humility will endear them to you, and it will give them the courage to
confess their struggles to you.
And just as He did with Abraham, God can use us for His purposes in spite
of our flaws. And like this great patriarch, we, too, can pass on a legacy
of faith to the next generation.
What legacy would you like to leave for the next generation? How can you
make your life an example of faith?
We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next
generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his