Monday, September 26, 2016

Ishmael is Born

13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

Genesis 16:13-16, NKJV

Ishmael is Born

Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore a son to him. Abram named him Ishmael. Was this all a mistake? Would it have been better if Ismael had never been born?
One of the most amazing principles we learn about God is that we cannot mess up His great plans. Sarai, unwisely, gave her handmaid to Abram and Hagar became pregnant. Ishmael's birth, however, was not a mistake. God uses us during times of weakness and strength. In the end, His perfect will is accomplished.
So, though Sarai was unwise in the choices she made, and though the resulting birth of a son to Hagar caused Sarai much grief, God accomplished His almighty purposes in the life of Ishmael.

We see this principle enacted many times, especially in the Old Testament. We see foolish decisions made by such men as Pharaoh of Egypt, King Saul, and even King David who was known as a man after God's own heart. Yet none of these men circumvented the plans of God.
What does this teach us in this the 21st century? We serve the same God today. Though we may really make a mess of our lives by the foolish mistakes we make, God in His great love and mercy reaches down and saves us. 
If those mistakes happen after we have become a believer is this principle still true? Yes! We serve an amazing God. He had ordained all of the events of this world before time began. Even before time began He had ordained the birth of Ishmael! 
Though the birth of Ishmael caused great grief in the lives of Hagar and Sarai, yet we know from reading the Bible that God made a great nation out of the descendants of Ishmael as well as the descendants of Sarai. Of course we are getting a little ahead of ourselves.
Let us then, especially if we are going through a very difficult time in our lives, remember that we serve a loving and faithful God. He uses even the trials and difficulties of our lives to lead us to Christ and to draw us closer to Him. The resulting joy and peace that we, as believers, experience is truly a peace which passes understanding to those of this world.
Go, today, and live this day for the glory and honor of God, alone. He loves us, saves us, keeps, us, and will eventually lead us to Glory to live with Him forever!
God Bless You,

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