When you find yourself giving God a helping hand a disaster is guaranteed. The problem with playing with a small fire is that it may seem harmless because it can be controlled. However, what seems containable and non-threatening can quickly escalate to an explosive blaze of destruction without warning. Ravaging everything in the path leaving charred remains of what used to be. Can you imagine gazing at this destruction it would be tough and heartbreaking? Often times there isn’t much that is salvageable with a fire. The question at this point would be, Where do you go from here?’’
The story of Sarah (wife), Abraham(husband), and Hagar(servant/sidechick) in the Bible could be a made for tv movie. There is scandal, drama, and recovery all in one story. God gave Abraham a promise that He will give him a son and Sarah in her old age will conceive. Sarah and Abraham have a hard time believing they would have a child in their old age. I will admit it does seem laughable when you think about it. The situation gets messy because Sarah had this bad idea that she presented to Abraham, ”The Lord has prevented me, Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her Abraham agreed with Sarah’s proposal.”(Genesis 16:2)Reading this story sounds like a daytime talk show I would name,”I gave my Husband away because God was moving to slow.” There are so many things wrong with this story, but the theme that resonates with me is the disbelief that Abraham and Sarah share. This plan wasn’t the plan of the Enemy it was Sarah’s.
Abraham agreed with Sarah’s plan and connected sexually with Hagar. Although this was a common practice at that time for women in that culture who were barren, it WAS NOT the instruction of God. I want to emphasize that just because everybody else is living life a certain way that doesn’t apply to you. Sarah moved before God in her flesh. The influence she had on Abraham to move mindlessly with the plan and not object only to make her happy wasn’t the best decision. Our ideas and plans can complicate the plans of God. God’s promise won’t be recanted because we mess up. Fast forward this story, Hagar has a son, Sarah is resentful, and Abraham has to fix it. Sarah was reminded of this bad idea by having to see the child, Ishmael. Sarah and Abraham did have a son Isaac, but trying to coexist with Hagar proved to be difficult and so she (Hagar) left.
Many times we will have to wait on God. It may be days or even years before a promise manifests. It is impossible for God to lie, He doesn’t need our backing, but he needs us to increase our capacity to persevere in the midst of uncertainty. When God speaks,” a closed womb will open and give birth to many nations.”God’s promises override age, situational background, or physical attributes. God is still in the business of working miracles!
The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he promised. She became pregnant and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. (Gen.21:1-2)