God’s people sin and make mistakes. Disappointment may follow strongly when we see someone we love and hold in high esteem fail. We may even be merciless to ourselves when we fall short. But how does God see those He has called and chosen when they sin and make mistakes?
Abraham was a faithful man who obeyed God (Hebrews 11:8-10 Hebrews 11:8-10  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he went.
 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
 For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
American King James Version×, Hebrews 11:17-19 Hebrews 11:17-19  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall your seed be called:  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from where also he received him in a figure.
American King James Version×). For example, when God called him to head a new direction in his life, to leave his family and country so that God could bless him with an inheritance in a land promised far away, Abraham went.
But in Genesis 12:10-20 Genesis 12:10-20  And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look on:
 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save you alive.
 Say, I pray you, you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you.
 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that you have done to me? why did you not tell me that she was your wife?
 Why said you, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way.
 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
American King James Version×, we see an account of Abraham (called Abram then) taking advantage of and being deceitful to Pharaoh, when he and his wife entered Egypt, because he was afraid of what he might do to them. God was not pleased with this behavior and sent plagues on Pharaoh’s house. Pharaoh soon realized that he was lied to by Abraham and his wife and forced them to leave Egypt immediately.
So how can he be listed in the line of the obedient and faithful in Hebrews 11, when he was clearly being disobedient and fearful here? The answer is simple really; we have a loving and merciful God and He wants us to learn from out mistakes. You see, Abraham made mistakes, but that didn’t mean he was a mistake or that his calling from God was a mistake. And neither is yours or anyone of God’s people who make mistakes.
I John 1:9 John 1:9That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
American King James Version×says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (NASB).