I’m reading “It Ain’t Over till It’s Over” by R.T. Kendall. In chapter 1, he references the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.
At Sarah’s suggestion, Abraham slept with her handmaid, Hagar, in an effort to make things happen-to make good God’s promise to him. All that was needed, they reasoned, was that the baby be male.
This wording made me think about something for the first time. What was the nine months before Hagar gave birth like for all three of these people? And then, when it was a boy, what was their reaction toward God?
- During the nine months, “Did we do the right thing?” After the birth, “I guess so. Thank you, God!”
- During the nine months, “What if it’s a girl?” After the birth, “God, I shouldn’t have doubted you.”
- During the nine months, “Was this God’s direction or our manipulation?” After the birth, “I guess it doesn’t really matter.”
It wasn’t until 13 years later that they knew they had been wrong. How could this have been avoided? How can we avoid the same path, years of wrong? Suggestions:
- Major decisions must be rooted in peace from time spent with God.
- Be honest with yourself and God. If you’ve come up with the decision out of weariness or impatience, confess that to God before moving in that direction.
- Admit often to God that you trust in His ways and His thoughts, even though you don’t always see or understand them.
- “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” – check this decision in where it ranks in God’s priorities for your life.
- Be ready and “quick to the draw” to own any wrong steps you take. Get back on the path ASAP.