16 Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to have children. Since she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar, 2 Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from giving birth, so go to my servant. Maybe she will provide me with children.” Abram did just as Sarai said. 3 After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took her Egyptian servant Hagar and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.4 He slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when she realized that she was pregnant, she no longer respected her mistress. 5 Sarai said to Abram, “This harassment is your fault. I allowed you to embrace my servant, but when she realized she was pregnant, I lost her respect. Let the Lord decide who is right, you or me.” 6 Abram said to Sarai, “Since she’s your servant, do whatever you wish to her.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she ran away from Sarai (Genesis 16:1-6, Common English Bible).
We have all kinds of statements that follow the pattern of, “That would be great if it wasn’t true.” I find that our lesson today would be hilarious if it wasn’t so true. In verse 2 Sarai tells her husband Abram to sleep with her servant Hagar. He does, Hagar becomes pregnant (the whole purpose of Abram sleeping with Hagar). Hagar loses respect for Sairai and starts harassing her. So then Sairai goes to Abram and says, “This is all your fault…” Really???
There is no question that Abram bears some responsibility, but there is blame enough to go around for everyone involved. Sairai had the idea, Hagar treated Sairai badly and Abram could have said “NO.” None of them had faith that God would do what God promised to do. It is everyone’s fault. Instead of the blame game where one person would actually be guilty, all share the blame.
That is what usually happens even today. Something blows upon us or someone close to us and fingers get pointed. Words, mostly harsh words are said, “THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!!!!!!!” We never want it to be our fault.
There is an old cliche that is very true here. “Always remember when you point the finger at someone else, there are three more pointing at you.”
The real problem here is a lack of faith in the one who made the promise. If you lack faith in me, in the end, it probably will not be that big of a deal. But, if you lack faith in God and in God’s promises, all is lost and there is little point.
I hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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