God's Way and God's Time
God’s Way and God’s Time
By the time we arrive at Genesis 16, about ten years had passed since God promised to make a great nation of Abram, yet he did not have a single child. Sarai concluded that she would help God. She gave her servant Hagar to Abram in order for offspring to be produced through her.
Ironically, as soon as a child was born to Hagar, deep anger was born of Sarai! Through her very own plan she caused herself to be jealous! Through all of their trials and difficulties, God would teach Abram and Sarai the value of God’s way and God’s time.
We should learn these same valuable lessons for our lives as well. We need to be careful of how we “help God.” God doesn’t want us to do anything morally wrong or “shady” even in an attempt to bring about His Will. God will bless us if we are simply faithful to Him and trust Him!
We also need to learn the extreme virtue of patience and waiting on God. God’s ways are different than our ways (Is. 55:8-9), His time is different than our time (2 Pt. 3:8), and sometimes our will is not His will.
Perhaps an excerpt from the popular hymn summarizes the point: “When we walk with the Lord… simply trust and obey.”