April 23, 2018
Galatians 4:23… But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise.
This is referring back to Abraham and Sarah. God promised them that they would have a son, even though they were old and Sarah was barren. In an effort to expedite things, Sarah told Abraham he could have a child by her servant girl. The servant’s name was Hagar and she did birth a son for Abraham.
Sarah probably felt justified since she, herself, was barren and now Abraham was allowed to do what God promised. But, God’s promise was not hampered by circumstances. He still planned for Abraham and Sarah to have a son. And they did. As Paul writes about this, he says the son by the servant girl was born according to the flesh. And the son of Sarah, the free woman, was born through promise. When God make a promise, there may be an element of impossibility with it. That impossibility is only in our eyes, not in God’s. And there might be a human inspired counterpart. We might think we can make it happen through actions of our own.
Proverbs 3:5… Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.
This is one of those verses that applies so often in my thinking. The second half reminds me of the first half. When I lean to my own understanding, I am trusting the flesh to answer my questions. Then I start thinking about how to adjust circumstances so things will work out. That is when I need to remember the verse we are looking at today. My thinking works without the supernatural intervention of God. It produces answers according to the flesh. It is at that moment when I need to trust in the lord with all my heart. The answer that produces life forever more is the one that God can give.
We need to live with the awareness of God’s promises. And then we need to live according to those promises. God did not destroy Abraham and Sarah for their mistake; but, it was costly, nonetheless. You might be living with the results of a decision of understanding when you should have trusted God. What Proverbs 3:5 boils down to is trusting God more than yourself.