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GENESIS 12:12-13
“Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”
A little boy asked his mother, “What is a lie?” “A lie,” she replied, “is an abomination to the Lord—but a very present help in time of trouble.”

Abraham apparently agreed. Faced with a famine in the land of Canaan, he moved his household down to Egypt. Out of fear for his life, he told the Egyptians that Sarah was his sister and persuaded her to go along with his lie.

When Pharaoh heard of her beauty, and thinking her unmarried, he took her into his harem. Abraham was on the brink of saving his life but losing his wife. Fortunately God intervened and Pharaoh learned the truth in time. Abraham, however, was rebuked and forced to leave the land. In the end, his lie earned him nothing but contempt and disgrace
Often we are tempted to lie our way out of tight spot .Perhaps at work a “small lie” will help us avoid admitting we made a mistake. Or at home “bending the truth” may seemingly help us avoid a scene. But resorting to subterfuge always ends up causing us more heartache than help.

When tempted to lie, remember that what seems like a “very present help” will ultimately be “an abomination to the Lord.” Lies always result in more hurt and hassle in the long run. That kind of help you can do without. Instead, tell the truth and trust God. He’ll take care of you.


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