“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’” (Gen. 16:4,5).
What was it that led Abraham and Sarah into the decision to act out of God’s will in trying to have a child? Wasn’t God’s word enough? Apparently not. For years Abraham and Sarah labored over God’s promise of an heir. They waited. They tried. Yet, no child. Ultimately, impatience, frustration, discouragement, and lack of faith led to an impulsive decision. Sarah urged Abraham to have a child with her servant, Hagar, thinking it would make him happy and solve God’s problem. She was a fixer. Maybe that’s what God meant when he promised them a child? Wrong. Ishmael was not the promised son. Theologically and biblically, it is clear. Too often, we question God and manipulate circumstances in our favor, praying that He would bless our blunder. We may even have good intentions like Sarah, but the God we serve is a God of order, not of confusion. Sarah’s decision to offer Hagar to Abraham was out of order. She aimed to please her husband, first, and not God (Ouch!!!).
It is interesting how Sarah blamed Abraham for their mess. She pointed the finger at him by saying, “You are responsible…” (16:4). To be honest, she is right. All she wanted to do was make Abraham a happy man, not realizing what would become of their future dilemma (Ishmael vs. Isaac). Abraham heard directly from God on this matter and he believed God. Abraham was meant to stand firm in his belief and God’s word, but he waivered. He believed Sarah instead of God. What is God saying to us in all of this?
Aiming to Please God,