Dream Death: Running Out of Time
THE ENEMY WILL ALWAYS LIE ABOUT A SHORTCUT
Abram and Sarai devise a plan to shortcut God’s promise. It’s messy from the start. Abram took Sarai’s maidservant Hagar and got her pregnant. Voila’! ... problem solved, or so they thought! A son is born, Ishmael. Sarai sees Hagar is pregnant and immediately has contempt and pain.
When we step out of the plan of God, we usually cause unnecessary pain. Not only was Sarai barren, but now she had a servant who was pregnant with her husband’s child. I’ve seen this over and over again in life. When we humans get tired of waiting, we make it happen.
We marry the next guy, move to a different city, change jobs, take a debt-filled vacation, etc. Not only does this not hurry the hand of God, but we now have a serious mess on our hands. We will try and act like we didn’t do it, but we can’t get rid of the consequences.
ISHMAELS ARE REAL
The reality is you can create an Ishmael yourself. God doesn’t make us do what He knows is best, so our free will is operating. If we try and fast forward to make a change, we can create a child, but it’s not the promise.
GOD STILL SEES ISAAC
Unlike most humans, God can see the whole picture. Even when we are busy creating Ishmaels, He’s still working on Isaac. I love this thought! It doesn’t matter how much of a mess you are cleaning up. It doesn’t matter how many Ishmaels you are taking care of; God is still working on the promise. It’s going to take fortitude and resolve. You may have to spend some time renewing your mind.