This must be the lowest point in Abram’s life. God had promised him that he would be the father of many children. In fact, so many that their number would be beyond calculation. Abram found that impossible because he was already old and without an heir on the horizon, except for his servant.
God was quite specific in reply, telling Abram that he would have a child, and he would be the natural and birth father. The trouble was that time passed and nothing showed – Sarai did not become pregnant – she just went further and further passed the natural age of child-bearing!
Abram had obviously told Sarai of the promise and she was becoming as, if not more, frustrated than Abram. She had the real and additional stigma of being barren. Her frustration climaxed with her suggestion that Abram should have sexual intercourse with her Egyptian slave girl, Hagar.
Just like Adam fell, so did Abram. He took Sarai’s advice, slept with Hagar and Ishmael was born. BUT that was NOT what God had planned! God had to visit with Abram again and become very specific that His child would come through Abram and Sarai!
So what of Hagar and Ishmael? Did God despise them? No. Were they part of God’s sovereign plan and promise for Abram – NO! God provided for them and we read that eventually Ishmael also had 12 sons! (Genesis 25)
However, the chapter records – And they lived in hostility towards all their brothers! And they still do!
A moment of passion is so potentially dangerous! Surrogate motherhood is destined to be fraught with anxiety!
And the results we see today are there just because a man and a woman thought they would help God do His job. They wanted to hurry up what God had promised, and just like forcing a flower to open early, they ended up spoiling God’s intentions.
If you have received a prophecy from God or God has promised something to you, let God sort it out, let Him bring it to pass. His ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts. Let God be God!
Never forget, every day is one day nearer the completion and fulfilment of His Promises!