“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “see now the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go into my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.” We live in a very fast paced world where we expect things to happen immediately. Fast food, fast travel, faster internet speeds are just a few examples of our growing unwillingness to wait for anything. This unwillingness to wait can prompt us to try and hurry up the promises of God in our lives.
In the biblical account of Abram we read that he had a promise from the Lord that he would be the father of a great nation. Abram and his wife Sarai had gone years with no children which magnified the impossibility of God’s promise. I can imagine the initial thrill when Abram heard from God that he would have descendants but as the years passed the excitement started to fade and Sarai grew impatient and devised a plan to help expedite the fulfillment of God’s promise. Abram settled for the plan and abandoned temporarily the promise given him for a faster solution that would put an end to his waiting. That plan was not Gods plan and as a result it delayed the completion of Gods plan and created division between Hagar’s children and Sarai’s children.
God has a plan and a promise for each one of us. Our impatience to wait for the fulfillment of his promise can cause us to choose alternative plans that might temporarily bring satisfaction. We settle for what is readily available instead of waiting and trusting God for His promise to come to pass in our lives.
Beloved don’t settle for Hagar, wait on the promise of God, no matter how long it might take or how hard the journey might be God is faithful and His plan is the best plan.