Desperate Decisions

Unfortunately our hands are never as good as God’s hands.

Genesis 16:1-6

Reference: so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (‭Genesis‬ ‭16‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Explore: A friend of mine found herself in a tough situation. She was a sole parent of two children and suddenly found herself without a job.

Although she lived near family, all she could focus on was her lack of income and dwindling savings. It invaded every conversation and consumed her every waking moment.

In the end she found a job hundreds of miles away and took it. She moved away from her loved ones and support networks for some work.

While a pay cheque is important, it was a decision made in a desperate moment.

It only took 5 weeks and she had returned home. The job was not ideal for her situation and the loss of a support network had been even greater.

Application: We all find it difficult to make the right decision ALL the time. It’s hard not to let our emotions get the better of us.

Abram’s wife, Sarai, made a rash decision in desperate times. God had promised them generations but she was barren.

Instead of waiting for God to provide she took matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, our hands are never as good as God’s hands.

It’s easy to look disapprovingly at Sarai, bu we, too, find ourselves taking matters into our own hands all the time.

If you have a big decision ahead, don’t be like my friend and Sarai who took matters into their own hands. God may take a long time, but His plans are always better than our own.

Prayer: Forgive us, Lord, when we lose patience and move beyond what we know You have planned for us. Give us wisdom and patience in abundance. Amen.

How do you wait for God to move?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.