ďFROM THE PASTORíS HEARTĒ††††††††††††††††††††††††† October 20, 2016

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

††††††††††† So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned.

††††††††††† And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. Therefore she said to Abraham, ďCast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.Ē And the matter was very displeasing in Abrahamís sight because of his son.

††††††††††† But God said to Abraham, ďDo not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.Ē (Genesis 21:8-13, NKJV)

 

God is faithful to His promises. The bright ideas that His people get with good intentions to hurry the Lordís plans along, often create more frustration and heart break for themselves and others over the course of time. Patiently waiting on the Lord to act on the things He promises is nearly impossible for anyone to do. It has only become harder as the speed of technology increases. The idea that faster is better is a lie. There are certain things that God moves fast on, and other things it takes generations for God to bring about. In each situation whether it is fast or slow, God ministers and does all things in perfect timing. He is never early and never late. This was the case for the birth of Isaac for Abraham and Sarah.

 

In their impatience, the idea to bring about Godís promise of a child born to them through Sarahís Egyptian slave by the name of Hagar was suggested. When God said He would bring a son through Abraham and Sarah, a barren womb is never an obstacle for God. It may be impossible for mankind to imagine how that can happen, but is an easy thing for God to overcome. Abraham and Sarahís decision to have a child by Hagar as theirs was common in that culture. They realized this a bit too late when Sarah in her old age and barren body gave birth to Isaac who was the child God promised them. Now Sarah wanted the son of Hagar gone so he would not be considered an heir to Abraham. This broke his heart because it was his son after all. God encouraged Abraham and told him he too would be a great nation because he was Abrahamís son. The promise God made about twenty-five years ago was that the descendants of Abraham would be as numerous as the stars. Therefore, Hagarís son to Abraham would find himself blessed because of Godís promise and his fatherís faithfulness.

 

Have you made any mistakes in your life? God may have not intended for you to stray off in those areas, but His promises are not forsaken. There is not much evidence that Ishmael and his descendants even followed God, but he became a great nation after all. Turn over your mistakes to God through repentance. Move forward in the confidence of the Lordís forgiveness. Then, trust the Lord that He will fulfill the promises He made regardless of the obstacles and the impossibilities that might stand in the way.

 

Praying beyond the physical:

Father, help me to understand that You are greater than my mistakes and failures.

Jesus, show me the abundance of Your mercy to help me ignore the accusations of the enemy.

Spirit, overcome my guilt and shame with the joy of the Father so His will can flow freely through me.

 

Pastor Tom