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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sarah: Compromise Breeds Chaos

August 8

(Genesis 16:1-5 NIV) "Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; {2} so she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said. {3} So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. {4} He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. {5} Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.""

(Genesis 17:15-16 NIV) "God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. {16} I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.""

(Genesis 21:1-6 NIV) "Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. {2} Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. {3} Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. {4} When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. {5} Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. {6} Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.""

God told Abraham that Sarah would become the mother of nations. Her offspring would include kings, and eventually lead to the King of Kings. But Sarah could not conceive a child and this led to a crisis of faith. Sarah doubted God’s word and she compromised. She tried to build a family through another woman, but her plan ended up a total disaster. Instead of happiness, Sarah got jealousy, envy, bitterness, strife, and tears. Compromise almost always ends in chaos. She tried the blame-shifting game -- she blamed God, then Abraham, and then Hagar, but in the end she was responsible for the fiasco. God’s grace and God’s will eventually prevailed as God kept His promise. In her old age, Sarah conceived and bore a son of her own. Even our compromises cannot thwart God’s sovereign plan, for in His time, nothing is impossible with God. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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