So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” –Genesis 16:2
God gave Abram His word and the covenant to confirm His word. Abram would have a son and would live up to the meaning of his name—“Exalted Father.”
Abram didn’t know when. When would the promise be fulfilled? When would God make good on His “end of the deal”? And Abram wasn't the only one who was waiting. His wife, Sarai, was also waiting…and maybe even wondering, “Am I the reason the promise hasn’t been fulfilled? Is it me?”
“Is it me?” Have you ever felt this way?
“Is it some deficiency in me that is messing all this up? Is it something about me that is ruining God’s plan?” Maybe you feel that your sin, your failings, your shortcomings are messing up God’s plan for your life. Maybe you feel that it’s now up to you to somehow fix it all.
Hold on! God is gracious and God is good. He is more than able to fulfill His plan for us…despite us! But that doesn’t mean that we lack the ability to comically (and sometimes painfully) complicate things—just like we see Abram and Sarai do as they come up with a plan to try to help God fulfill His plan for them.
Listen to our study of Genesis 16 and learn from their mistakes. We don’t need to complicate things…just trust that God’s plan is better than any scheme we might be able to think up.