Today, we will look into the stories of Abraham, Sarai and
There is something we learn about them that we need to
follow and something we omit.
Last but not the least we will see God’s bigger plan.
Sarai’s unwise decision.
Let’s read from Gen 16:1-4
We clearly see that Sarai makes a decision based
on human intellect.
So firstly, we will try understanding what
made her take this decision.
Gen 11:30 tells us that she cannot conceive
(it is the truth about her at that instant)
This is the grief she has in her
Therefore, there could be public
shame/disgrace she might have faced.
How long was she in this phase after the
first promise of God about children to Abraham?
It is 10 years, that is a long duration
that she is carrying this burden.
She started doubting the promises of God.
Now, lets see what dangers does doubting
the word of God lead to?
It leads to deceptive thought of the evil
one and eventually we end up taking decision based on that thought.
What does the word tell us?
We are told that we need to take every thought captive to
word of God.
Satan is just waiting for an opportunity to attack with lies,
the way he deceived Eve.
Lastly, trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own
Reflect on your life
Now we will see how Abram (the Man of
God) is carried away by her decision.
Let’s read Gen 16:2
Abraham agrees with Sarai’s decision.
We also see in Gen 3:6. A similar situation where Adam
agrees to eat the fruit Eve offered.
So Abraham also fell into the trap of choosing an unwise
human decision rather than standing up and telling Sarai that we need to trust
in God and hold on to his promise.
We also can end up in similar situations in life.
What does the word of God tell us?
Carefully examine and test the decision based on the word of God.
Hagar’s trust and obedience to God’s word.
From Gen 16:1-6 we can understand
how hopeless the situation is for Hagar.
Sometime earlier, when there was a famine in Canaan, Abe goes
to Egypt. He becomes wealthy, acquires men and maidservants.
Hagar is one of the slave girls that he acquired for Sarai.
Being a slave means no choices, no freedom.
She also needs to live the consequence caused by an unwise
decision of her mistress.
Sarai also treated her very harshly.
Crushed in her spirit, she ran away. She thought that there
is no one who can understand her condition.
Then we see from Gen 16:7-15,
That God meets with her and calls her by name and makes a
He comforts her by saying that he saw and heard her cry
This is the first time in biblical history that an angel
appeared to a human and she is the first woman ever who named god.
She drew strength from God’s comfort.
He also said her to go back and submit to the same
He also promised innumerous descendants to her through
We see how she trusts in God and quickly obeys his word. She
Dear friends, we have a God who sees and hears our cries. In
addition, we have a God who is an Overcomer.
John 16:33 tells us about what Jesus has done for us.
God sent his only son Jesus to die for our sins. He was
insulted, persecuted, blamed, died but he also resurrected and ascended to the right hand of God, the father.
He overcame the world.
I encourage all of us that we can submit our painful
situations to Jesus and trust and obey him and he will give us the strength to
Just as Abraham was promised the land of inheritance, God
also promised an eternal inheritance in heaven.
1pet 1 : 4-7
All we have to do is to trust him and obey him and he shields
us with his power, strengthens us, and reward us.