Read Genesis 16:1-16

v 2   Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. 

Another bad move Abraham! First you tried to pass Sarah off as your sister, and now you think you can overrule God’s plan by using a servant girl as the surrogate mother.’  Did you think you knew better that God, and so you invented a better plan? It is these kind of touches in the story of Abraham that provide the ring of truth. Abraham was the revered Father of the Jewish Nation, but he was a fallible human being like the rest of us and the Bible does not gloss over this reality. For all his great reputation, and role in Hebrew history, like us, he sometimes sets out on the wrong path. Not only did Abraham agree with Sarah’s proposal, he also followed it through to the point where the servant girl, Hagar, became pregnant and had a son, Ishmael – AND Abraham thought this was the keeping of God’s promise. In fact, 13 years later (See Genesis 17:18) Abraham was still thinking that Hagar’s child was to be the one to inherit the blessing! He lived under this misapprehension for a long time. It took Abraham all those years to understand that the promise concerned him and Sarah.

And all that time God persevered with Abraham. How patient and gracious God is, and how true to His promises.

One of the features of our day and age is that we expect almost everything to be instant – or at the very least, in the short term. God however remains patient with an eye to eternal outcomes. Are you patient enough to walk with God with a long term vision stretching out to eternity?

Wednesday 21st April Daily Notes from The Hub