Monday, June 16, 2008
12 Extraordinary Women (Eve and Sarah)
And then there was Sarah (Sarai). The wife of Abram, a covenant made with him by God thrice listing out that his heirs would number in the stars. That is kinda difficult when your wife is barren. Sarai takes matters into her own hands instead of listening and trusting God. She asks her maidservant to provide an heir for them and Hagar has a child by Abram. Again, when we don't trust God and take matters into our own hands, the consequences are disastrous. Sarah becomes jealous, angry and hurt. She dispatches Hagar and the child. And still no child for Sarah. God comes again and speaks to Abraham and promises and heir and Sarah laughs in her heart. A tragic mistake, but does not stop the blessing. She has a child but showed a lack of faith, in the meantime, increased her own suffering with Abraham and their maidservant.
Many of us are rather impatient. Impatience brings stress and anger. I have been praying for a family in our church for 2 1/2 years. We have not seen God's actions to resolve the struggle, and yet I am still praying. I have also seen hundreds if not thousands of prayers answered. Take some time this week to pray for those things close to your heart. Ask for God's blessing and be sure to pray for those you know who are hurting. God will act in His time, not ours.
Posted by Jeremy V. at 9:52 AM