The story of Abraham and Sarah is found in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.  Abraham was a righteous and obedient man who found great favor in God’s eyes.  Sarah was his wife.  The Lord had blessed Abraham with great wealth because of his righteousness.  However, he and Sarah had not been able to have children.  Then when Abraham was 99, God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would become the father and mother of a great nation and that their offspring would include kings!  Abraham could hardly believe it!  Despite their advanced ages, God was going to give them children! 

Abraham trusted in the Lord, as always.  Sarah, however, did not.  Instead of trusting in the Lord as her husband did and waiting for God’s perfect timing, Sarah took matters into her own hands by sending her servant to ‘lay down with Abraham’ so that she could bear a child for Sarah and Abraham to raise.  (Please note this was an accepted  practice in those days.) 

Soon a son was born to Hagar, Sarah’s servant.  His name was Ishmael.  Ishmael struggled so much in Hagar’s belly, that she asked the Lord why he struggled so.  The Lord’s reply was that he would always struggle with/be at odds with his brothers. 

Eventually God did grant a child to Abraham and Sarah.  His name was Isaac and the Lord called for him to be the heir to Abraham’s fortune.  God also commanded that Isaac, not Ishmael, would inherit the blessings and promises given to Abraham, commanding that Abraham’s descendents would come from Isaac, not Ishmael. 

Ishmael went on to live a less-than-righteous life and became the father to the Arab nation.  His people were known to be hostile to the Israelites.  Isaac strived to lead a godly life, like his father, and through him came the descendents of David and eventually Christ.

In the end, God’s intended will was done through Isaac, but Sarah really complicated things and caused problems by trying to take matters into her own hands instead of trusting in the Lord.  Our world is still in unrest today because of the continual struggle of ‘Ishmael with his brothers’. 

I, too, have a tendency to want to take care of situations in the ways I see fit instead of waiting on the Lord and trusting that His way is better than my way. 

How about you?  Are there times you’d do better if you let the Lord take the lead?  If so, join me in trying to be better at letting go and letting God. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him in all your ways and he will direct your paths.”        – Proverbs 3:5

Blessings to all,

Renee

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