Sarah: I Can Do Bad All By Myself
(Genesis 12, 15-18, 21)
In the early days, there was probably nothing anyone could have said to Abram that would have convinced him that he didn’t have the perfect wife. She was beautiful, she had a commanding presence, and she gained favor for her husband (12:10-16). On top of all that, she was obedient. God commanded Abram to pick up everything and leave his life of comfort to go to an unknown land and receive unknown blessings in an unknown time frame (12:1-5). What did his wife Sarai do? She said yes! She walked with her husband into the unknown to obey God. “Wife of the Year” award for Sarai right?
Sarai faithfully followed Abram for years. But like most of us, she wasn’t just doing something for nothing. Of course I’m sure she wanted to be obedient, because it was the right thing to do…but God also promised her something. He promised that she would bear children and have descendants as numerous as the stars. 11 years later, doubt was beginning to set in for Sarai for surely at her age, her childbearing years were well behind her. So what did she do?
“The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps ‘I’ can build a family through her.” (Genesis 16:2)
Sarai blamed God for not working in HER timing and decided to take matters into HER own hand and build HER own family. She convinced Abram to father a child with her maidservant Hagar. And while it seemed like a good idea in theory, it was anything but. Hagar began to resent her, she resented Hagar, and she still did not have a child of her own. I can’t imagine the torture of having to watch my husband have something that I want with another woman. Sarai lived that pain daily…all because of her impatience.
I know you gals know this! We serve a faithful God! He changed her name from Sarai to Sarah to solidify their covenant (17:15) and just as He promised time and time again, He blessed her with a son 25 years after His promise. She was the mother of nations! Her descendants brought us Christ Jesus! BUT! Yes, there is a BUT! Sarah had to send Ishmael away so he would not compete with Isaac’s inheritance. Sarah left Hagar broken to wander in the wilderness. Sarah created a path of unnecessary destruction all because she wouldn’t wait! She got what she wanted and what God promised, BUT in trying to do it her way, she paid a high cost.
We have to remember: God’s ways are perfect, His plan is perfect, and His timing is perfect! God is a God who cannot lie, and He will deliver on His promises. As He told Sarah in 18:14, there is nothing too hard for Him! But when we attempt to play puppet master and direct our life in the way we think it should go, we often bring unnecessary heartache and unintended consequences that could have been avoided.
Slow down sister! Pray that God’s perfect will be done in His perfect timing, and that He gives you patience in the wait. Pray that you will grow, gain, and learn everything He intends for you in the wait so that you will be fully prepared for what He has for you! The wait will be more than worth His great reward.
Challenge: Resolve to release! God’s timing is not our timing. Take your hands off the things you are supposed to be waiting on God to orchestrate. Find scripture on God’s timing and perfect plans. Then, post your favorites to share with others in the comments and with #WomenOfTheBibleChallenge.
Don’t know where to start:
Isaiah 55:8 ~ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”