January 30, 2014

genesis17-7

Genesis 16:15-17:14

How often do we listen to God and believe, only to fall back into doubt because things don’t seem to go the way we think they should go? God came to Abram and made a covenant with him at 75 years of age to make him a great nation. (Gen 12:2) Abram believed God and “he credited it to him as righteousness” (Gen 15:6) Yet as time went on and Abram did not see the result of the covenant (children), he and Sarai took matters into their own hands instead of waiting on the Lord. Sarai gave to Abram her hand maid as a concubine and she bore a son Ishmael. Reason would suggest that this was the right thing to do. Sarai was unable to conceive, so do the next best thing: give God a hand and take matters into your own hands. The story of Abram and Sarai, Hagar and Ishmael serves as an example of what can happen when we are impatient. Yet God’s goodness is still seen throughout the story. God not only proves He is faithful to His word, but even when we intervene, God still blesses. In this case God blesses Ishmael.

Prayer: God, our heavenly Father, help us to be patient and wait for you to fulfill your word. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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