Don't Be in a Hurry
This past Sunday, Mother's Day, our pastor's message was entitled "God Cares for Every Mother's Child." His text included passages from Genesis 16 and 21. In Genesis 16 we find that Sarai, Abram's wife, was concerned that she had not had any children, and so she took matters into her own hands. She said to her husband in verse 2, "Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her." That slave's name was Hagar, and she did indeed get pregnant and bore Ishmael. Then we discover that in chapter 21 God fulfilled His promise and Sarai (now called Sarah) in her old age got pregnant and bore a son named Isaac. Jealousy and other problems occurred, and Sarah told Abram (now Abraham) to send Hagar and Ishmael away, and that is what he did.To this day the descendants of Ishmael and the descendants of Isaac do not get along.
Our pastor pointed out that even though they were cast out, God took care of Hagar and her son Ishmael. It kind of makes you wonder what may have happened if Sarah had just been patient and waited on God. Do you ever get in a hurry for God to reveal His will about a situation in your life? Sometimes we like to rush headlong into things and try to control the outcome of a situation, and this can be pretty harmful at times. I remember one time years ago a woman in the church we were attending said some unkind words to my wife. I was ready to schedule a meeting with this woman and her husband to discuss the matter, but I felt impressed to just pray and wait. Finally, without any meeting, the woman called my wife and apologized and their relationship was restored. I did not have to say a word! At other times I waited when I should have moved forward to share my heart with someone. The point is that sometimes we need to wait on hearing a clear message from God before we act or speak. May we all be sensitive to the Lord as we seek His guidance for every decision in our lives.