When things don’t work out as we expect, we allow other people’s opinion to get in the way.
When God told Abraham that he would be a father of many nations, He backed up His promise with a covenant (Genesis 15:8-9). Normally, Abraham should have gone to sleep thereafter. But he didn’t.
By having a child with Hagar, Abraham meddled with the agreement. One could say that Abraham’s decision to have a child with Hagar was an attempt to help God fulfill His word. Although their strategy bore Ishmael, it backfired.
Interestingly, we are like Abraham. Oftentimes, we begin our journey with God, with high hopes and commitment. But when things don’t work out as we expect, we allow doubt and other people’s opinion to get in the way. Wait on God!
Written by Ben Dankaka