Archive | December, 2012

Desperate Times Don’t Always Call For Desperate Measures

12 Dec

God keeps bringing me back to Abraham in the Bible. The story of Abraham is all in the Bible; in the old and New Testament. Abraham was a patriarch. He was a man that believed in God. Like all Christians do from time to time, even Abraham lost his way.

God had promised Abraham that his descendants would be like the sands on the seashore. God promised Abraham and Sarah a son; even in their advanced ages. Sarah actually laughed at the idea of being a mother in her advanced age. She probably thought, “Yeah, I’m going to have a child as old as I am.” I think I would have laughed to if I would have been her.

God gave them the promise 15 years before Isaac was born. Instead of waiting on God and His promise, they decided to take matters in their own hands. Sarah was desperate to have a child of her own. She was willing to do whatever possible to have a child. She thought that God wasn’t going to give her the chlld she desperately wanted.

Sarah thought that desperate times called for desperate measures. She let Abraham lay with her maid, Hagar. Hagar did conceive a son, Ishmael. Sarah dispised Hagar for her conceiving a son for Abraham. Sarah knew that Hagar was able to do something she couldn’t do. The situation didn’t help anyone. This was not the son God had promised. After all, consequences follow disobedience.

Well, God, as always, created a miracle 15 years later. Sarah conceived Isaac. Even in her old age, God blessed Sarah with what Sarah thought was impossible.

I can certainly identify with Sarah and her desperation for a child. The older I get; the more I think it’s not going to happen. I think, even for God, it’s impossible. I’m just being honest, here.

I know that God brought this to me for a reason. He wants me to be reminded of His promises. Even my devotional reminded me to tell God about my hopes and dreams.

I dream of having lots of children. I dream of having my own orphanage filled with children of different races and ages. I dream of letting these chldren know about God and how special they are to Him. I just have to remember not to take matters in my own hands, like Sarah. Desperate times don’t always call for desperate measures. Blessings follow obedience. I just have to wait.