// Read Genesis 20:1-7 //

20 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelekking of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”

Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”

Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”

When Abimelech took Sarah, the wife of Abraham as wife. God spoke to him in his dream not to touch Sarah. The interaction between God and Abimelech is the focus of our study today. It was the integrity of heart that saved him. Can God confirm the integrity of your heart like He did of a heathen king? It was the state of the heart of King Abimelech that God related with and not his action! Can God relate with your heart and help you?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to have integrity of heart in my relationship with you.

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