[CF Devotionals] 2013-08-07 - What Would Sarah Say?

Genesis 21:8-13

The matter distressed Abraham greatly, because it concerned his son. But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." (Genesis 21:11-12)

It was to be a happy occasion. Abraham and I were having a celebration to commemorate a milestone in our lives - a miracle, really - the birth of our first and only child, Isaac. At the festivities, Ishmael had the nerve to mock my young son. I refused to believe that's just how teenagers behave.

It was the last straw. I did not act graciously. I wanted Ishmael and his mother Hagar removed, not just from the party, but our lives. I did not want Ishmael to be an heir with my son. I told Abraham to take care of it, and he did. Hagar and Ishmael went away. Ishmael learned archery and became an archer, and Hagar found him a wife. (verses 20-21)

Young Ishmael had been a thorn in my side, ever since I learned Hagar was expecting. Even though I was responsible for the boy's birth, (it was my idea to have Hagar be a surrogate for me and Abraham,) I had little compassion for Hagar or Ishmael.

Perhaps I could have handled the situation differently. I was being self-centered and did not consider how Abraham would feel, banishing his son, nor the pain Ishmael and Hagar would endure. I got them out of sight, but they were never out of my mind.

Lord, You are loving and kind. Take away this awful stain of my sin. Cleanse me from this guilt, so I may be pure again. I admit what I did was wrong. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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