Gen. 16:11-12 - The angel of the LORD said to her further, "Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction. 12 "He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone's hand will be against him;…" NASU
God told Abe and Sarai, they were going to have a son. There is the promise from God.
Sarai and Abram were both old when they were given this promise from God. It is going to take 25 years for this promise to be fulfilled. He didn't say when the promise would be fulfilled. He simply said they would have a son.
They must have thought He meant immediately and when it didn't happen immediately Sarai decided to help God fulfill His promise by replacing His plan with one of her own.
So she tells Abram to have a sexual relationship with her handmaiden, Hagar, and then she will raise the child as her own. This may have been accepted culturally but it surely wasn't going to work when it was in direct opposition to God's plan.
I can't imagine anything going wrong with her plan, can you?
America's 911 was caused by the descendants of Ishmael.
The radical Muslims who have bombed England, France, Pakistan, USA and the list goes on and on as this prophecy is fulfilled day after day. His hand is against every man and every man's hand is against him.
When God makes a promise believe it and don't put a time limit on it.
If you think that God should act within a certain time frame does that make it so? God made Abram and Sarai a promise and 25 years later He fulfilled his promise.
Sarai and Abe waited 11 years and when they were not the parents of this promised child they took matters into their own hands. Then after another 14 years or a total of 25 years God fulfilled His promise.
If I can give you any encouragement today let it be this: God Always Fulfills His Promises and below are some I hope will encourage you.
Ps 9:8-9 - And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity. 9 The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;…
Ps 34:15 - The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.
Ps 34:19 - Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
When God makes a promise simply wait for it. His timing is perfect and He never forgets.
Think on These:
When God allows a burden to be put upon you, He'll give you the strength to carry it.
There is one thing for which you should be thankful - only you and God have all the facts about you.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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