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Sadly, one of the Bible’s recurring theme is man’s lack of patience leading him to help God out. He knows God’s promise and rather than patiently waiting upon the Lord, he does things to speed up the process. Here Abram and Sarai decide that since God promised Abram an heir, they would put him with another woman to assure that wuld happen. History teaches us–that was not a great plan. The Chaos to follow would be global and continue throughout time.
We have to trust God completely. We can’t only trust him in theory but act as if we are in charge, it will always end poorly. The Bible, History and our own personal journeys teach us that God’s timing and ours are rarely the same. It also teaches us that his timing is the best. Solomon put it best in Proverbs 3:5-6, “trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all yor ways and he will make your path straight.”
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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.