Genesis 20

Genesis 20

Genesis 20:1-18

SUMMARY: Abimelek fears

OVERVIEWAbraham thought there was “no fear of God” in this place, yet Abimelek, a non-believer, feared God more than Abraham.

BIG IDEAIt is wise to fear God more than you fear people.

KEY VERSE: Genesis 20:6 (God speaking to Abimelek)
In the dream God responded, “Yes, I know you are innocent. That’s why I kept you from sinning against me, and why I did not let you touch her.”

I want you to fear me. Holy fear is different from being afraid. It would be understandable if you were afraid of my power and what I can do. But the type of fear I’m talking about is holy awe. I want you to be so overwhelmed—in awe—of my power, my presence, and my love that you humble yourself before me. Most people underestimate my love for them—that’s why they’re afraid. They don’t know I’m a good, good father. Fear me because I love you.

Your spiritual growth—your development as a whole person—and the overall direction of your life depend on it. When people do not fear me, they do what they want, often without concern for anyone’s interest but their own. But, when people fear me, they recognize there is right and wrong and by choosing my way they are choosing life. Choose life and follow me today. Trust me and my way.

Are there areas of your life where you’re ignoring God and doing your own thing, thinking it’s not a big deal? If so, apologize to God and make any necessary changes. Remember to fear God and not man.