God Overcomes Human Shortcomings

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 16:1-10

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (v. 2, niv)

Abraham is strangely passive in this story. The promised son has still not come, and Sarah has an idea of how to make that happen. Now a wise husband will listen to his wife, but in this case Sarah’s was not a good idea. At least, it was not God’s way of solving the problem of Abraham and Sarah’s infertility. Although it was a common practice in that day for the husband of an infertile woman to try to produce an heir through a servant, this was not what God had said. He promised the son to Sarah.

We also see some other human shortcomings in this story. When Hagar realizes she will bear Abraham’s child, she becomes unbearable. Sarah wants to get rid of her. And once again, Abraham goes along with her. A little cowardice is understandable in the face of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, but you would think Abraham could at least stand up to his wife in order to save the life of his unborn child.

I come away from this story with a greater appreciation for God. Given the people he has to work with, he certainly does wonders! God overcomes our faithlessness through his faithfulness, and slowly but surely, his plan for our lives is accomplished.


Lord, please forgive our slowness to catch on to your wonderful plans for us.