Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 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 and Sarai, later renamed by God as Abraham and Sarah, are the “first couple” of Israel. In Gen. 14 we learn God established a covenant with Abram declaring him to be the father of a great nation, and that he would have a son of his flesh to carry on Abram’s lineage. (Gen. 14:4-6) Abram and Sarai were given a promise from the very mouth of God! Yet, in Sarai’s haste she rushed the plans and created a mess.
Rather than trusting God to work out His plan, Sarai concocted her own scheme to bear Abram a son. By pushing her husband towards her maidservant, Sarai began a domino effect of bitterness and resentment lasting generations.
Look at the last line of today’s verse, “perhaps I can build a family through her.” Sarai’s goal was not to fulfill the will of God, but rather to build her family and her name. God will never ask us to commit sin to fulfill His will.
How often does God give us a word of promise and we’re quick to create our own plans rather than wait on Him? How often do we turn God’s work into something for our gain, rather than His glory. God will always be faithful to His word. He can be nothing but faithful. His work will always result in His glory. When we rush the will of God and manipulate events for our gain, our fame, or our legacy we create nothing but chaos and frustration for all parties involved.
God, in His goodness, worked all events out in spite of Sarai’s sin. But so much of her misery and pain came because of her own doing. Let us be wise as we seek God and His plans for our lives. And let us be patient to wait on His timing to work out His plans.