Knotted

Genesis 16:3~So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (ESV) Now at this point in history and culture, it’s a fairly common custom for a barren woman to give her maid to her husband as a wife, in a form of surrogacy. This child when born would then be raised and regarded as the first wife’s child. So, Sarai’s suggestion was socially acceptable but obviously, not part of God’s plan and purpose for Abe. However, in all fairness to them, they did not have access to what exhortation of Psalm 37:34~Put your hope in the LORD. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed. (NLT) 

There are times when all of us come to the end of our ropes because of long-term problems at home, work, school, or in our relationships. When we find ourselves in such situations, we should not try to help God by sinfully manipulating the circumstances. Do not struggle when you feel like God’s plan seems inadequate or even unfair. Instead, wait on God and remember David’s words, Put your hope in the Lord and travel steadily. Here I invoke the words of our 32nd President Franklyn D. Roosevelt who adjusted a Thomas Jefferson quote by saying: If all seems lost, and you are at the end of your rope, hold on, and help yourself by adding a knot at the end. But God: If we are following God’s purpose for our lives, we know He is holding the other end of our rope, and because He is holding on, we can confidently Wait on God and Divulge. 

Divulge your heart to God (Genesis 16:4b-8). As with all decisions made without God, Sarai and Abe’s plan turns sour. When we do something without God, it’s done miserably. We will either fail miserably or we’ll succeed miserably. Truth be told the latter is always worse. Watch as it unfolds in their lives. Their scheme works, Hagar becomes pregnant and her position changes no longer is she just a maid but now the symbol of scorn. This was more important than just being Abe’s wife like Sarai. Consequently, Hagar begins to despise Sarai, who then says to Abe: Genesis 16:5~And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!” (ESV) 

In other words, Sarai blames Abe for the problem. Dad’s a pretty smart guy. Instead of falling on his knees and confessing his sin, Abe has some nerve: Genesis 16:6~But Abram said to Sarai, Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please…(ESV) So, Sarai begins to mistreat Hagar and she takes off. Sarai and Abe’s plan begins to devolve into chaos. Nothing we do is of any lasting good unless the Lord is involved. Psalm 127:1~ If God does not build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God does not guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. (MSG) Got any stacks in your life. A towering edifice piled high as a symbol of our own self-indulgence, that wavers in the winds of life-threatening?


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