Genesis 16:3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Trusting God can often be difficult; whether it is trusting that He has good plans for us this year, trusting that He can provide for us in this hard situation, or trusting that He is really with us, it can be a challenge.
Your decisions determine your success; therefore, to assure yourself of success build your decisions around His wisdom. God told Abraham that his heir would come from his loins, but being barren, Sarai his wife was thinking that there was no way she would be the one to bear him that son. So she took matters in her own hands and suggested to her husband that he go in unto his maid Hagar. It sounded like a good plan and so Abraham went along with it, but it was never an instruction or directive that God gave. Mostly certainly therefore it backfired and came with unintended consequences. After Hagar conceived, she started to despise her mistress, resulting in Sarai having to send her away. The decision had long-term implications as well; it is the foundation of the rift that now exists in the Middle East. The mistake made by Sarai and Abraham was allowing their circumstances to cause them to lean to their understanding. It is a mistake we often make. Your understanding and wisdom will fail, choose instead to seek His wisdom.
Life Application: Prayerfully, seek divine wisdom for all important decisions that you must make.
Prayer: Dear Lord, When our minds are constantly bombarded with all sorts of doubts, guilt, frustrations, grief, anger, or hate, we can lose sight of our judgment and make some rash decisions. Thankfully You are full of mercy and grace to not only help us when we make decisions on our own reasoning, but guide us on how to do things in Yours. Thank You for Your wisdom and showing us how to take the knowledge You gave us and use it for Your glory. We may not always understand it, but when we take the time to study Your Word, receive it, and obey it, You will make us wiser and respectable to those around us. Lord, Lead us and guide us, fill us with Your wisdom, give us the strength to not lean on our own understanding, but Yours. Direct our paths and show Yourself mighty in our lives for all to see. In Jesus’ name. Amen.