Have you ever noticed that some people come up trumps whatever they do, whilst others get away with nothing? My husband tells the story of a school trip down the River Mersey, on the Royal Iris. He was queuing up at the boat’s kiosk to buy himself a drink. All the other kids were pushing and shoving the way to the front, while he waited patiently. Soon he was further back than before, so fortitude vanished and he started elbowing his way forwards like the others. As he got to the front, the vendor cried out to him, “Hey you, stop pushing! Get to the back!” He never got his drink!
Abraham seems to be one of the ones who get blessed nomatter what they get up to. The bible often surprises us with unpredictable outcomes. You’d have thought Abimelech would have sent him off with a flee in his ear. He’d been economical with the truth, endangered his wife and nearly caused disaster in Abimelech’s household, and now Abimelech is richly compensating him! (Genesis 20 v 5) I mean, how much can you get away with!
Abraham had thought his best protection would be to pass Sarah off as his sister. In actual fact, his best protection was always that God was with him. God seems to have blessed Abraham and Sarah, not because they were wonderful people, not because they were obedient, not even because they trusted him. He blessed them because of who they were. He had chosen them as his people, to create a nation that would be his nation, through whom all peoples of the world would be blessed.
A child of God is a child of God. And if you are a child of God, he will bless you not because of the things you do, not because you are good, but because you are who you are.