I posed this question a few days ago on social media. And I feel it would be good to extend the conversation here as well. I just need your opinion and common sense on this one.

This is a very serious matter for me. Because I see many people ‘waiting on God’, while neglecting to use their own common sense to solve their problems.

Abraham waited for God to give Him a son. When that wasn’t happening, His wife Sarah suggested that he sleep with their slave girl, Hagar. He did so. It worked! And out came Ishmael.

BIBLE STUDY
Genesis 16:3-4 NIV
[3] So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. [4] He slept with Hagar, and she conceived…
Genesis 16:15-16 NIV
[15] So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. [16] Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Standard religious teaching has always condemned Abraham and Sarah. So we continue to perpetuate something that has no basis in scripture. There’s no single place in the Bible where God condemned Abraham for Ishmael. Instead He blessed Ishmael!

BIBLE STUDY | Genesis 17:20 NIV
[20] And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.

The lesson here is that when we use our God-given faculties to solve our problems within acceptable norms, as long as we’re not breaking any of God’s laws to us, or harming others, God will bless our efforts.

Abraham did what he could to achieve what he needed? Is there anything wrong with that? What do you think?

In any case, quit using God as a mask for laziness! Go out and do something and succeed, in Jesus Name!

God will bless your plans and efforts in Jesus Name!

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Ify Onyenike
Ify Onyenike

Amen

lily Adobeze
lily Adobeze

Amen

Egoli
Egoli

God is God of timing, going ahead of that timing caused a delay in the birthing of God’s promise. God blessed Ishmael because He is the Father of all flesh, even Jesus granted the request of demons when asked to be casted into the herd of swine. When He wanted Abraham to sacrifice Issac He said ‘take now thy son, thy only son,’ it shows Ishmael was not reckon with as the true son of Abraham. But since God is a master planner He already had an agenda on how He will use the Ishmaelites to fulfill a grand design… Read more »

Ajulo
Ajulo

Abraham and Sarah weren’t Patient enough to wait for the plan God had for them,so they followed the fast lain,God didn’t accept that’s why he gave them Isaac

Tim Addison
Tim Addison

Finally God always has a bigger plan that we dont see or have a choice. Out of Ishmael came the Nation of Islam. Seems foolish but we look past the enemy to see God.

Tim Addison
Tim Addison

The message and story of Abraham and Ishmael is multi layered and multifaceted. There is power in hearing from God and being patient, that it comes in time. Moving on our own in haste can bring about hardships and even confusion. Another layer is Arahams faithfulness was accounted to him as righteousness. Being righteous in Gods sight (before Jesus died on the cross) gave a mercy and grace on his life that allowed blessings to be bestowed upon him and his household, no matter the haste he was still blessed. There is another layer that shows how we should challenge… Read more »

Olisa Paul
Olisa Paul

amen

Enyichi Chuks Okafor
Enyichi Chuks Okafor

Amen.

Omele ihuoma
Omele ihuoma

Amen!

Monica Nathans
Monica Nathans

Amen. Lord direct my paths daily.