How’s my life going? Am I trying to help fix God?

Genesis 21:8-10

8 And the child grew, was weaned[1], and Abraham made a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned.

9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian who gave birth (to a son) to Abraham, mocking. 10 And she said to Abraham, “Drive out[2] this female slave[3] and her son because the son of this female slave won’t live with Isaac.


Isaac began to grow up, and once Sarah finished breast feeding him, Abraham threw a significant feast for Isaac…

Now, it’s doubtful, given the earlier circumstances, that Abraham’s other son Ishmael had ever had such a party in his honour.   Despite being the older son, Ishmael was born to Hagar, Sarah’s slave girl, and Hagar had already run away from Sarah once as a result of persecution and unfair treatment.  This time around, Hagar was there at Isaac’s feast, and Ishmael began to mock Isaac, and Sarah saw it.

The fact is, whether I like it or not, Ishmael was the son of the flesh, a son of works, the result of Abraham trying to help God out, because God hadn’t fulfilled His promise within the timeframe, nor in the way, that Abraham had expected.

On the other hand, Isaac is recorded as the child of promise, the miracle of God, the result of a divine work that was otherwise impossible.

How’s my life going?  Am I trying to help fix God… do the things that, if examined carefully, I either don’t believe he will do or that I want more earnestly than the things he wants for me?  Or am I hearing God’s voice and allowing Him to work miracles in the realm of temporal impossibility?


Father, I need You.  Forgive me for trying to make things happen my way.  I hand everything back over to You yet again, and ask that You will take over.  Please reveal Yourself to me.  Please let me know Your voice and let me hear Your word to me.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

[1] גָּמַל – gamal Strongs 1580 – (v) – “do/act/deal bountifully with/recompense/repay/wean/ripen/produce/do/reared up/to be weaned”

[2] גָּרַשׁ, גָּרַשׁ – garash – Strongs 1644 – (v) ­– “to drive out/expel/thrust out/cast out/divorce/put away/thrust away/trouble/cast up/be tossed/driven/drove/be driven away/to be thrust out/rmove/tossed about/toss/tossing/to be thrust out/dispossessed/tossing”

[3] אָמָה – ʾamah – Strongs 519 – (n . f) – “maidservant/maid/female/maid-servant/female slave/maid/handmaid/concubine/slave woman/female servant/servant/handmaid”