Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 16:1-4 (KJV); Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
Sometimes, when people feel delayed in particular aspects of their lives, they are tempted to compromise in order to obtain the things they long for.
Sarah, desperately in need of a child, chose this path. She urged her husband to have a child with Hagar, her maid.
Even in our world today, many people are driven by desperation to cut corners. How many women have fallen into the jaws of witchcraft simply because they want a child? How many businessmen or women have tainted their legacies with corruption simply because they wanted to get rich? How many employees have destroyed their careers because they wanted to improve their livelihoods?
But you should never be deceived, child of God, that compromise is without a cost. It does have a cost.
Sarah had to suffer the mockery of her maid because she had chosen the path of compromise. She also had to deal with the mockery of Ishmael, the fruit of her actions.
The life we have been called to is a life of faith. People of faith never get desperate. If you ever find yourself within the borders of desperation, understand that you have stepped out of the realm of faith.
When in such a place, remind yourself to rest in God. It is when we are at rest that we win.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 10:39, Hebrews 4:10
GOLDEN NUGGET: The life we have been called to is a life of faith. People of faith never get desperate.
PRAYER: My Lord, I thank You for this truth. I thank You for the wisdom to live my life and to make decisions that bring glory to Your name. I am a child of faith and will never be driven by desperation. In all circumstances, I function in the rest which is of God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.