Genesis 16:1-2 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, ‘The Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.”
I love the story of Abraham and Sarah’s journey of faith because it mirrors what many of us go through in our own lives. When we face the delay of Gods promises being fulfilled, most of us take matters into our own hands. This is exactly what Sarai and Abram did after 10years of not seeing the fulfilment of God’s promises. When Abram should’ve kept listening to the voice of God, he listened to the voice of doubt and retreated from the life of faith. When we can’t see in the natural what we are expecting from God in our timeline, we often look for other options to bring the promise to pass. Unfortunately, our efforts to secure what God wants to secure for us indicates our lack of trust for Gods timing and purposes. 2 Corinthians 5:7 calls us to “walk by faith, not by sight.” Faith hears the rhema inspired word of God and stays focused on it regardless of what the natural circumstances might be indicating. When Abram took matters into his own hands, he only delayed what God always intended to bless him with, the promised son Isaac. Whatever your Isaac is, God wants you to trust him with the timing of the promise. Guard your heart from doubt and run back to the rhema word of God. Your Isaac is coming your way. Explosive Insights!
Hebrews 12:1-2 ‘Let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.’
God can accomplish in a moment what man attempts to lay hold of in a lifetime. When God speaks, don’t add to what he has said and don’t try to bring to pass in the flesh what God has promised he will do by his Spirit.
The bible is littered with reams of examples where individuals and people groups tried to bring to pass in the flesh, what God had determined by his Spirit. Abraham is a classic example of this but Israel in the wilderness is the example that comes to mind. When Israel had rejected Gods call to possess the promised land, they were rebuked and judged by God to spend the next 40 years wandering around the wilderness. In response, a band of the Israelites decided to take matters into their own hands and attempt to force their way into the land, only to be defeated in battle by some of the occupants of the land. Moses told these men after the flesh, ‘I told you so’.
The flesh is immature, insecure, impulsive, impetuous and ill discerning. Faith is mature, secure, measured, patient and discerning of who God is and what he wants in any given situation. Faith is obedience at the point of risk to yourself. There is always a measure of risk in taking a step of faith but the alternative is not an option. Someone has described FAITH as:
Forsaking All I Trust Him!
I wish I could say that I demonstrate the dynamics of faith in every area of my life but the truth is, I ocassionally give into my fleshy impulses. Your flesh is like a shirt coloured green, representing a work of the flesh and little faith. You and I need to take it off and put on a garment of faith. The works of the flesh are in direct opposition to the spirit of faith in our lives.
What has God asked you to do that you are trying to bring to pass in your own flesh? Don’t birth an Ishmael when God has an Isaac waiting for you. God’s best is always worth the wait but it will only be possessed by the spirit of faith, not by the arm of the flesh.