Shepherd Daily Devotional – The “Ishmael” Strategy – 1

“If you’ve ever waited on God to fulfill his promises to you, you would understand what Abraham went through.”

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Genesis 15:6

After God reassured Abraham that he would have his own son, “Abraham believed the Lord” (Genesis 15:6). But despite his faith in God, the child didn’t show up. Year after year, Abraham waited expectantly for God to fulfill his word, but nothing happened. Abraham might have pondered why his wife didn’t have a child in spite of God’s promise. He might have wondered if he actually understood God’s promise. If you’ve ever waited on God to fulfill his promises to you, you would understand what Abraham went through. Abraham had done what God had asked him to do by leaving his own country to a foreign land. Now that he was becoming old and still didn’t have a child, God was still reassuring him that he would have possession over the land he was renting. How could that be? Abraham must have struggled with his thoughts.

So when Sarah, Abraham’s wife came up with the idea that Abraham should sleep with her maidservant so they can build a dynasty through her, Abraham fell for it. At that time, Abraham was not only concerned with having a son that would inherit his wealth; he also wanted to start a family that would take possession over Canaan. But notice that although the idea came from Sarah, the final decision was made by Abraham who agreed without pressure. Therefore, we shouldn’t crucify Sarah because she wasn’t the one who God spoke to. She couldn’t have understood God’s instructions better than Abraham. Abraham, whom God had spoken to, should have known better. He was the one who heard from God, therefore it was his vision. What Abraham did, is what usually happens when we let others get in the way of our relationship with God. You will not make that mistake in Jesus name!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to stay focused. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Genesis 15:1-10; Genesis 16:1-3

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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