“And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.'”
When Sarah wishes to expel Hagar and Ishmael from their presence (because they mocked Isaac as the chosen son), Abraham struggles with his feelings. Because of his sin, he is in a difficult situation- loving his illegitimate son and caring for his slave/wife, while respecting Sarah’s wishes. God tells him to honor is wife, however difficult the consequences.
Sin complicates our circumstances. If Sarah and Abraham hadn’t tried to produce an heir their own way, they could have celebrated Isaac’s life even more. God never rescinded His promise to fill the land with Abraham’s offspring, yet Abraham and Sarah weren’t content to wait on Him. As a result, Abraham suffers from guilt and remorse. So often, we muddy the spring of blessing trying to fulfill our own happiness.
Lord, help me to trust Your Word and Your timing. Help me, by Your Holy Spirit, not ot take matters into my own hands but to rest in Your sovereign plan.
It’s easy to be hard on Abraham, but can you see ways that you have made matters worse by failing to wait on God?
This Week’s Reading Schedule:
1/23: Genesis 18-19
1/24: Genesis 20-21
1/25: Genesis 22
1/26: Genesis 24
1/27: Genesis 25:19-34; 26