Today we are again looking back on Abraham. It’s not surprising that Paul does this more than once since Abraham was such a man of faith. The passage to ponder is Galatians 4:21-31:
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.” 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
As I read through this I am reminded that Abraham, a man with great faith, took matters into his own hands. He had been told, or rather, promised by God in Genesis 17 that he (Abraham) would be a great nation. He wanted a son and looking at what he could see, it just didn’t seem possible. So, he and Sarai took matters into their own hands. We all know the story. Hagar had Ishmael. But God planned for Isaac. History has played out according the decision that they made. We are still feeling the effects of it today. And yet, Abraham was still considered faithful and righteous.
I often look at what I can see and, instead of waiting on God; I take matters into my own hands. Oh, I pray about it but sometimes I don’t commit it to prayer the way I should. As Christ followers, we are children of the promise – – children of the free woman. My salvation, your salvation was part of the promise that God made to Abraham. Part of the covenant that He made with him.
Such a simple but really BIG truth.
Until tomorrow…Joy to You!