“Now in Haran the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself, for your advantage, away from your country, from your relatives, and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
Sarai is our next woman of the Bible, she gets a name change in her story. Abraham, her husband, is instructed by the Lord to leave his family and go to “the land I will show you.” So he left his family, well she also left hers, but neither one of them knew where they were going. She not only had to trust God, but she also had to trust her husband as she likely didn’t hear directly from the Lord about all of this. How would you feel if your husband said, hey honey we’re moving, but I can’t tell you where? Most of us would want a little more information.
Then as they travel along there’s a famine, so they have to go over to Egypt. Abraham tells Sarai to lie to the people there because she’s so beautiful he’s afraid the men might kill him to have her. He wants her to say she’s his sister. Technically they are actually half brother and sister, remember this is early on into the populating of the world after the flood. When Pharoah decides to take Sarai as one of his wives, the Lord scourged him with plagues. He confronts Abraham and then sends them both away, richer than they were before. You might feel that they gained from a lie and that’s certainly not righteous. As we know from reading the Bible, not everything the great heroes of the Bible did was right. Never forget, they were human too.
It’s obvious for the woman today that Sarai was an obedient wife. God has His plan and for a married woman submission to her husband is her calling. Always remember, if you’re married you’re not just submitting to your husband, you are submitting to the Lord.