Be Innocent and God Shall Help You

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 20-22.
As Abraham and Sarah journeyed, they stayed in Gerar in the land of the Philistines. However, Abraham feared the place and he and Sarah agreed to say that she was his sister and not to say anything about their marriage, lest a powerful man of the place, such as the king, take her for his own wife and kill Abraham (Genesis 20. 1, 2). Sure enough, the king took Sarah because of her beauty and spared Abraham, believing that he was only her brother.
Then God appeared to the king, warning him of what he had done and that he was a dead man for taking another man’s wife (v. 3). In response, the king told God how Abraham and Sarah had communicated to the king that they were siblings and that God should not slay a righteous nation for what these two had done (v. 4, 5). Then the king said to God, “In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this” (v. 5b). Knowing this to be true, God then said to the king, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her” (v. 6). If we approach life with pure motives and deal with people in the innocence and integrity of our hearts, God shall walk with us, keeping us from sinning against Him. Yet, one more thing existed for the king. God said further, “Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours” (v. 7). The king could not continue to keep Sarah, but had to return her promptly! After this, the king had full knowledge of the relationship between Abraham and Sarah and to continue to keep her, innocence and integrity would no longer fill his heart.
Set your heart on integrity and innocence and the God of heaven shall direct your paths.

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