We sometimes worry that God will be unable to provide what he has promised. When that happens, we take it upon ourselves to help God out. That never ends well. Abram’s wife decided in her guilt and frustration to help God out by giving her slave to Abram as a wife. There seems to be no prayer, no seeking God on the issue, just a choice to Get Abram an heir. The results were not good. Immediately after the child was conceived, the regret and bitterness set in. Sarai’s “assistance” did not provide what God wanted, it did not alleviate her guilt and it made her slave arrogant and mean.
When we work to help God out, we have the same results. Our best efforts, more often than not, make it harder for God to work his plan. We have to fully rely upon God to achieve that which he planned for our lives. When we do, we gain patience and maturity as well as the blessing he longs to provide. If we would simply allow him to be God, he will prove again that his way will bless us. Help me, Lord to rely upon you.
God Bless You
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.” 6 “Your slave is in your hands, ” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.