Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
Um, does this seem like a bad idea to anyone besides me? Here’s the deal: God promised Abram that he would give him more descendants than he could count. Now naturally, you would need at least one child to get that process started. Sarai’s clock was ticking and it just didn’t seem like it was going to happen. Maybe God forgot what He had said. Maybe He was just messing with us. We better take matters into our own hands, just in case God doesn’t come through. Ya, not the best faith filled strategy.
Let’s say that God promised you financial freedom. Now it’s been two months since He gave you that word, yet nothing seems to be happening. You are still stuck in the same dead end job. The bills keep piling up and the car broke down. Like Abram and Sarai, you wonder if God forgot about His promise. Maybe He didn’t really mean it. So you decide that God needs some help with the delivery. You daily begin purchasing lottery tickets and keep on losing. Then one day it happens. You win $1,000. It wasn’t the million you were hoping for, but it will do.
That’s essentially what Abram and Sarai did with God’s promise. They didn’t see a result, so they took matters into their own hands. Listen: God doesn’t need your help to make His promise happen. He probably just needs your patience. God knew what He had in store for Abram and Sarai; they just didn’t want to wait for it. I wonder sometimes if we treat His promises in the same way. I wonder if we grow weary of waiting and take matters into our own hands. Ishmael is cool and all… but I think we should wait for Isaac. After all, HE was God’s true promise.
*When God gives you a promise, do you wait for it or take matters into your own hands?