Please read Genesis 18, Genesis 19, Genesis 20, Genesis 21:1-7, and then come on back! Here’s what I’m thinking about today:
Big day! Lots happened in today’s reading! Isn’t it sad – before Isaac was conceived (and after Sarah had received the promise of a child), Sarah abused Hagar to a point where she ran away. Her frustration and anger was so great, Hagar was abandoned when it was Sarai herself who had made the mistake. Emotion is so easily displaced – fight the temptation to take out your disappointments on the people around you. Sarah did receive her promise, though she had to wait for it. Isaac was born in chapter 21!
With Sodom, God was so merciful – willing to save the entire city for the sake of a few, yet even a few could not be found. It is important to notice what happened to Lot’s wife when they were leaving – turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). When God asks you to move on, please move on!
“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised” (Genesis 21:8). After all that! We have the benefit of hindsight, we know the entire story. Sarah lived, every day, with her uncertainty. We had no doubt Isaac would be born!
God’s thoughts are higher for sure – it’s so important that we follow the Lord (and not try to come up with our own plans) even when we might not understand.