Written By Benjamin Dankaka
As you walk with God, some of your closest allies might mislead you.
When Sarah asked Abraham to have a child with her maidservant, she actually thought it would solve their problem. Sarah’s suggestion was a sincere plan, intended to help her and Abraham fulfill their dream. Sarah had said, “Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her” (Genesis 16:2). Apparently, Abraham wasn’t the only one that was concerned with having a family. As his wife, Sarah was also in need of children. For that reason, she presented a plan. Sarah couldn’t have had the kind of faith Abraham had because she wasn’t the one who held the vision.
Possibly, if God had showed Sarah the same thing He showed Abraham she wouldn’t have doubted. Therefore, her suggestion to Abraham was faulty, not because she had evil intentions, but for the reason that she wasn’t the person who saw the vision. In your walk with God, you might encounter people who would play the same role as Sarah. They are often the closest to you. Because they have ties with you, whatever vision God lays on you will affect them. These people may not understand God’s plan for you. So forgive them if they give the wrong advice.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me tolerant heart. Amen.
REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Genesis 15:1-10; Genesis 16:1-6
Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.