“ ‘Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make of him a great nation.’”
Gen. 21: 18
It seems that often God gives us a “command/commitment” proposition in order to get us going. God commands us to do something, then follows the command with a commitment—a promise based on our obedience to the command. This is what God did with Hagar. Before God told Hagar about making Ishmael into a great nation, God told her to “come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand”. There was a part that Hagar had to play in her own deliverance. She had to lift up her child; she had to hold him with her hand. She had to work.
So often we want God to move in our lives, but won’t do the work God requires of us. We want financial blessings but will not tithe. We want better relationships but we will not love at the I Corinthians 13 level. We want to grow spiritually but we will not pray consistently, study God’s word or worship God in spirit and in truth. We want to get our lives on track but will not accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ and allow Jesus to lead us.
The reality is we are the only potentially shady persons in this Divine-human equation. God has a track record of being faithful to God’s word. We need not worry if God will do God’s part. The question is – will we work on ours? What is God commanding you to work on or at? Remember your disobedience can block the “I will” of God. Excuses will not get you to where you want to be or even out of the mess you are in. Obedient action will. So, Hagar—bush or blessing? The choice is yours.
Lord, forgive me for not working as I should. Help me to choose Your blessings over the bushes in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.