Genesis 16:1,2; 17:17-19 “Why settle for Ishmael when God has promised you an Isaac”
Some time we settle for less instead of waiting for what God has promised. God had made Abraham a promise that he would bless them with a child in their old age! After 10 years and no child Sarai concocted a plan to give God some assistance. They had purchased an Egyptian slave girl by the name of Hagar. She encouraged Abraham to have a relationship with her and from this relationship a son was born whom they named Ishmael. Ismael is emblematic of those things that are the fruit of our fleshly efforts and not the will of God! Unfortunately, Ishmael created more problems than he was worth! After nearly 25 years of waiting and no Isaac, Abraham said, God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! In our vernacular Abraham was saying, LORD SINCE YOU HAVE NOT DONE IT BY NOW I WILL JUST SETTLE FOR ISHMAEL! And like Abraham when we become weary and fainthearted with waiting on the Lord, we will tell that we will settle for Ishmael! But don’t settle for Ishmael when you know God has promised you Isaac! The promise may be slow in coming forth but remember, GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE (See Numbers 23:19) Wait on your Isaac!