There are some things in life that are completely beyond our control. It can be tempting to try to ‘help” God or hurry God along because we don’t see God’s promise coming to pass as quickly as we want in our lives.
Read GENESIS 16.
Sarai bore Abram no children. She was desperate for something to happen so she started to try and engineer the situation – she took matters into her own hands and gave Hagar, her maidservant, to Abram so he could have children through her.
God had promised Abram that he would be the father of many nations. Sarai completely left God out of the situation and discounted herself as being a mother.
There are some things that happen in life that are completely beyond our control.
Sarai could not control being able to conceive – that was in God’s hands. But instead of entrusting that to God, she attempted to take control of the situation, which caused a lot of problems.
Abram was 86 and Sarai was 76 when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, so we can understand why Sarai had given up the thought of ever having children!
What would we have done in her situation?
Eventually, God gave Abram and Sarai the new names of Abraham and Sarah and a son, Isaac, when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 – 14 years after Ishmael was born. So for 14 years Sarah believed that she had been by-passed and excluded from the promise of God.
Just because you feel overlooked and excluded now, that doesn’t mean that God has finished with you. Don’t be tempted to try and make things happen by yourself. Let go and let God.
In Genesis 17:18 Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before you.”
Abraham was settling because he didn’t believe God’s promise anymore. He was looking at his own natural circumstances.
God’s reply was found in Genesis 17:19-21 – that Sarah would bear him a son, who would be called Isaac and God would establish his covenant with him.
God’s word to Abraham had not changed from the first time He spoke to him.
Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?”
If God has said He will bless you, no amount of cursing will reverse that. If God is planning to bless you, no-one can get in the way.
God can be trusted with every detail of your life. He is still on the throne.
” Don’t get on the phone – go to the throne”
There are many instances in the Bible where people had to rely on God to intervene. They could not fulfil God’s purposes in their own strength.
Moses could not have parted the Red Sea; Sarah could not have given birth to a child in her old age; David could not have killed Goliath; Elijah could not have raised the Zarephath widow from the dead and believers couldn’t heal anyone.
Let Go and Let God
God has a far better purpose for you than you have for yourself.
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”