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God Needs My Help

Genesis 16:1-6, “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so, she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” 

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So, after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived."

"When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. "

By this time, Sarai is 76 years old and her days of conception are over. Out of frustration and desperation, Sarai devises a plan to give her handmaiden to Abram to sire a child so she can vicariously become a mother through her (Hagar). Abram agrees to Sarai’s proposal. When a pregnancy is confirmed, Sarai’s frustration and desperation become resentment and mistreatment. 

Sarai arranged for the conception and blamed Abram for the results. She found it easier to be angry with Abram than to admit and accept that her plan may have been a mistake.  Interestingly, the Bible doesn’t record whether Abram communicated to Sarai that he will have descendants. Presuming he did, then Sarai took matters into her own hands trying to help God make due on His promise. If he didn’t, then Sarai’s feelings of frustration and desperation are justified yet her actions are not.

Colossians 1:11, “... being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience...”

God is good at many things and one of them is making us wait. Especially when we’re waiting for things we really want and the wait seems like it’s forever. If you don’t have the gift of patience, try God and you will quickly learn that “...the testing of your faith produces perseverance,” (James 1 v. 3). It is during our waiting that God changes us. He is preparing to bless us with what is in alignment of His will. When it seems like nothing is happening, God is working behind the scenes putting His plans in motion. It’s when we become impatient waiting for things we want that we begin to devise strategies to help God bless us quicker. Unfortunately, we fail to realize that God’s plan will prevail and our attempt to run interference simply represents our lack of faith.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG), “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”

God doesn’t need our help. We need his and it requires patience and faith. 

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