Sinning Without Knowing
It is possible to be sinning and not even know that you are sinning. And the fact that you do not know that you are sinning does not mean that you will be exempted from the consequences of the sin. What we need is God’s grace to live and act with integrity, and innocence at all times so that God Himself will step into a situation when we are about to sin unknowingly.
In the case of Abraham and Abimelech, Abraham lied to Abimelech by telling him that Sarah was his sister. Abimelech took Sarah in with him but before he could do anything to Sarah, God appeared to him in a dream and warned him. In the dream, Abimelech told God that he had integrity in his heart and was acting innocently at all times. God responded by saying that he knew Abimelech had integrity in his heart that is why He stopped Him from sinning. Genesis 20:6 (NKJV) states:
And God said to him in a dream, “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.
How many of us can God say something like that about the state of our hearts? We must work consciously to have integrity in our heart so that God can be merciful enough to save us from sinning without knowing that we are sinning. God then told Abimelech to restore Sarah so that Abraham could pray for him because Abraham was a prophet. Genesis 20:7 (NKJV) states:
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.
Oh Lord, help me to maintain a heart of integrity, pleasing to you always. In the name of Jesus, Amen.