Genesis 16-Taking Matters in Our Own Hands

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Genesis 16
Taking matters in our own hands
Here comes Sarai with a game plan. She thinks she has it all figured out!
Gen 16:1-2 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.”
And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

God didn’t change His mind when He spoke the promise to Abram. But it seems that Sarai forgot, and it appears that Abram did to, because he heeded Sarai’s words. Abram listened to his wife more than God
We saw this also with Adam and Eve where Adam heeded the voice of his wife rather than God. Wow its so important for husbands to teach correctly, so when we as wives come to them with something that is not of God, they can say “Hon, lets wait on the Lord!!”
Also we see that Abram brought Egypt with him to the land that God wanted Abram to be in.
And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.
God told Abram to come out of Egypt..

He didn’t tell him to bring Egypt with him! Sound familiar

Sometimes when God brings us out of a sin, a relationship etc. We bring some of the baggage with us. Sometimes we bring folks with us from season to season…..and wonder why our situation is staying the same. Check your baggage! Are there some things and folks in there that youve brought with you?
God cant work a newness in you when you are still holding on to what God has already FREED YOU FROM!!!
The maidservant Hagar brought from Egypt was about to ruin Abram marriage…even causing attempted murder in Sarais heart!
Sarai was trying to “help God out”….
Satan tried to use Hagar to destroy God’s promise to Abram, and even more the promise of the Messiah, which would come through, not only Abram, but Sarai also.
Although Hagar ran away after Sarai treats her harshly, God spoke to her telling her to return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hand. God still had a plan. Little did Sarai know that her son, Ishmael would play an important part in what was to come!
Isnt it awesome, how God can use our mistakes and work the plan for our good. Even after we have been disobendient and took matters in our own hands!

Let God do what HE DOES BEST!

Stephanie Suell

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