- Genesis 16
Hagar and Ishmael
Pulling a "Hagar" is exactly what Sarai (Sarah) did and Abram (Abraham) went along with it. They knew full well the promise that God had given - that THEY would receive the Promise from God for a child. Problem: they were not patient in waiting for that promise so they thought they'd help God along (we always think too much). They thought their circumstances (old age - past child-bearing years, etc.) would hinder God from fulfilling what He had promised. So (like me, we and the rest of the world) we think that we need to help God with His plans. Thus - we "pull a Hagar"!
What a mess it makes. People get hurt, we regret that choice the moment we make it (but it's often too late), then like Sarai and Abram we begin blaming another person, and then we get in trouble with God for our lack of faith! Talk about trying to do it our way - instead of God's way.
That's "pulling a Hagar."
Yesterday I was reading that very scripture when I was faced with just such a situation in my own life. I recognized this and now have to make a choice - whether to 'pull a Hagar' or wait for what I KNOW God has promised in my life. I think I'll let God do it His way - even if I have no idea how He will accomplish that end. It's not always an easy choice. But that's what FAITH is all about.
- Hebrews 11:1
How about you? Ever 'pulled Hagar' of your own? It could be in any situation... relationships, marriage, children, career, job, home, church, school? Got any to share?