Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3
Here we see the promise that God made to Abram (later called Abraham). The promise included making a great nation from Abram’s offspring, blessing Abram, making his name great, and blessing the entire population of the earth through Abram. In verse 4, we see that Abram left and headed to the land where God sent him. But notice what happens in verse 10: there was a famine. How did Abram respond to this trial? Did he rest in God’s promise? No, he took matters into his own hands. Instead of trusting that God could fulfill the promise in spite of the famine, Abram left the land God had promised him and went to Egypt. When he came to Egypt, he told his wife to lie about who she was so that Pharaoh would not harm Abram. Pharaoh then took Abram’s wife into his house and in verse 17 we see that Pharaoh’s house suffered a great plague because of Abram’s wife.
Because Abram did not rest on the promise of God but rather took matters into his own hands, he nearly disannulled the promise of God. Abram nearly lost his wife to Pharaoh which would have meant Abram would not have had any descendants that would make a great nation. He left the promised land and risked losing it by leaving it behind. And finally, rather than being a blessing to all families, he became a great plague to Pharaoh’s house.
Are you resting in God’s promise? Or are you taking matters into your hands? Do you wait on the Lord when faced with trials or do you try to solve your problems on your own? We will face trials and tribulations, but God’s promise stands sure.
God’s promise to Abram was unconditional which means that even though Abram tried to mess it up, God was faithful and kept his promise. No matter what Abram did or tried to do, God would keep his promise. God’s promise to us is unconditional. No matter what we do, he is faithful and merciful to keep his promise. We cannot disannul the promise of God.