God Can

January 16, 2018

Genesis 16:3… So after Abram had lived 10 years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.

Verse 11-12… And the angel of the lord said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone, and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.

            This is the story of Ishmael. When Sarai saw that she could not bear

Abram a child, she offered her maiden servant to him and he took her for his wife and she bore him a son. When she was pregnant, Saria developed disdain for the servant girl and kicked her out of the house. The servant girl, Hagar, ran from Abram and Sarai and the Lord saw her in the wilderness. He sent an angel to talk with her. Hagar had really done nothing wrong, I suppose. Anyway, God made of Ishmael a great nation. But his nation would not live quietly; they would be against everyone and everyone would be against them. In modern times, his descendants are Arabs. And the Arabian nations have opposed Israel for all time. This event was an early warning to all people: When God gives you a promise, don’t try to help Him out. God promised Abram and Sarai a son and they undertook to help Him since they did not have one. What they ignored is:

Nothing is impossible with God.

            I find it interesting that Hagar’s son was given a promise from God and it included being against his half brother’s descendants. Why didn’t God just make him a farmer with a good farm? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that God has warned us not to try to help Him out. That doesn’t mean we sit on a couch with a remote; it just means we will not intervene in His plan.

We have responsibilities and duties; we are not instructed to be idle. Our minds are incapable of thinking thoughts that are helpful to God. His thoughts are above ours; His ways are higher. Do you believe that? Or do you think yourself a little better than everyone else? Let God be God. Let His peace rule and reign.