It always seems like a good idea at a time–God has a lot on his plate, maybe we can help him out just a bit. That was what Sarai was thinking. Clearly, Abram was concerned about the legacy. Sarai, his adoring wife, wanted to ease his burden, combat her barrenness and assure the legacy–so she gave Abram her slave–to have a baby with. This was, of course, right after God had made a true covenant with Abraham–one that promised a huge lineage. The timing doesn’t make much sense, really, until we remember that we are at war with the world–and its primary tool for destroying us, is to drive a wedge between us and God…by putting doubt in the middle. It happened to Eve, it happened to Cain, it happened all through the time–to that point. Now, Sarai and Abram fell prey to it again.
We have to trust God, even when it seems we have gone well past the point of no return. That is when God des his greatest work. When we think it is time to intervene and to place God on a break…instead, we need to double down and wait on him–We need not step out from behind him and try to lead–no, instead we need to seek him even more intently–fast and pray and wait upon his leadership. Isaiah said it best, “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings, like eagles! they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
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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.”