Good morning! I need to apologize for the lack of posts this past week. I was working with a church plant in South West Michigan and did not have access to a computer. In today’s chapters we can see how the mistakes of Sarah and Abraham effect some of today’s current events.
Due to the lack of belief on Sarah’s part and Abraham bending to her will, Abraham had a son with Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid, to gain an heir. Although extremely odd to us, it was a common practice as we will see later in the life of Jacob. Hagar conceived and had a son named Ishmael who became a great nation of people. The descendants of Ishmael are today’s Arab nations which have been a thorn in Israel’s side for years. Among the Arab nations (just to name a few) are Egypt, Iraq and Jordan. These countries have been in constant fighting with Israel even to this day.
Often times, when we get ahead of God’s will and His timing, our choices are catastrophic! We may not see the results of these decisions immediately, but in time, disobedience always will cost us. God’s perfect planning is something that is not to be tampered with. Scripture tells us in Proverbs that : “there is a way that seems right unto man; but in the end it leads to death.” We can remember when Peter tried to stop Jesus from going to be crucified and Jesus told Peter that Satan was trying to “sift him as wheat.” Then again later when Peter rose up and struck the servant of the high priest taking off his ear and Jesus had to stop him and actually put the man’s ear back on. Later the disciples, due to the lack of Judas Iscariot, cast lots to chose another disciple, but I believe that God had a different plan all along. Matthias, the one chosen to replace Judas, was never again mentioned in biblical history, or in extra-biblical history (other than rumors). But God, on the road to Damascus chose a man named Saul of Tarsus, whom we all owe our knowledge of the Gospel to. It is so important to allow God to daily guide each step and not get ahead of Him.
I sure hope God is blessing your time with Him each day.