Bible Devotions

Where’s the Faith Now?

on January 20, 2009


Read Genesis 16.

Previously God had told Abram all the promises He was making with Him. The one about having a son must have really meant a lot to Abram and to Sarai, enough so to take matters into their own hands.

After Sarai was done laughing about her becoming pregnant, she responds with no faith at all. She doesn’t believe what Abram’s is telling her. She doesn’t believe God is going to do it. Therefore, she does what any other efficiency and productivity minded person would do. She starts scheming how to make this things happen.

So Sarai comes up with a plan. She gives her hand maid to Abram as a wife thinking she could bare children through her. I never could understand that whole surrogate-pregnancy. It would be too emotional for me to handle! But get this, Abram signs up for it!

But the blame is not all on Sarai. What about Abram’s faith? A minute ago he believed God and his belief caused God to credit him with righteousness. Why did Abram agree to his wife’s plan?

Meanwhile, this hand maid named Hagar is treated like a piece of meat, used, abused and cast out. This reminds me of a book called “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things.” But God cares for her and her son, even as God’s “chosen people” mistreat her.

We can’t really fault Sarai or Abram for their actions because their too similar to our own. Has God told you He’s going to do something and you couldn’t wait so you tried to make it happen in your timing?

Psalm 46:10 NKJV says “Be still and know I am God. What God says He will do will come to pass in His timing just as Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV says “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

Lord help us to be patient and let you fulfill your plan and purpose in your timing. If there are things we are pushing along ahead of you, reveal them so we can rest in knowing you will bring it about without our effort. In Jesus’ name Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.


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