BIBLE READING: Genesis 12-16
What was Sarah thinking? How could she have possibly thought that it was a good idea for her husband to sleep with her handmaid and bear a child? In hindsight we can see that she quickly discovered that was a poor decision on her part, yet in the moment she felt that was the best option. How many times have we made a decision that at the time we felt that it was the correct decision, only the discover that was almost the worst thing that we could have done? What brought Sarah to make such a decision? I am sure there were many things and emotions that were running through her head. I am sure she had felt inadequate, by not providing Abraham a son. She may have also felt as if she was a burden to Abraham, holding him back from being all that God wanted him to be. She may have also felt she had been part of the problem that God was attempting to fix. Those feelings of worthlessness, insignificance and depression must have overwhelmed her to the breaking point of seeking to provide a solution to the problem. However, her idea of there being a problem was her problem. There was no problem as to why Abraham had not had a child yet, she was not worthless and there wasn’t even a problem for her to fix. If she had just been more patient, God would have revealed to her exactly how He was going to accomplish His plan. Today we have the struggle with the same issues that Sarah did. We struggle with our shortcomings, our failure and our inadequacies, and all too often we make poor decisions based on those feelings that come back to haunt us. If only post Isaac Sarah, had the opportunity to speak with Pre-Isaac Sarah, she would have seen that all she needed was a little more trust and a little more patience. So, let us not criticize or question Sarah too much for her poor decision; let’s learn for her mistake and pray for more trust and patience. In the end, we will see that has been our plan all along.