Say goodbye!

Gen. 21:8-14 8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.14  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. God has a specific plan for each and every life.

-Accepting His salvation will start your journey toward that plan, but will not guarantee you the fulfillment of it.
-It is so very important to stay on the course that God has laid out for you.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Why accept anything less than the perfect will of God? You may come out on the other end “by the skin of your teeth”, but you will not be unscathed. You will have lost much for your compromise. It takes maturity to discern between that which is helpful and that which is detrimental to your walk with God. It takes the Holy Spirit to enable you to continue to make the right decisions.

Hagar represents the Substitute that you have accepted in place of His perfect will. Do not try to help God out. Faith does not require understanding and logic, just simple and continual obedience in what God has already established as His plan for you.

“God will never reveal more about himself until you have obeyed what you know already.”–Oswald Chambers. In other words, don’t expect to grow in the Lord if you are not willing to deal with your past failures.

Ishmael was a product of unbelief. Sara initiated. Abraham cultivated. Sometimes we are afraid that God is not going to bless us, so in our lack of faith, we go to work to construct a substitute.

Ishmael was the spittin image of his dad, Abraham. He was not the promise of God-the son of faith. Every time Abraham looked at Ishmael, it was like looking in the mirror. He saw physical similarities, like actions, etc. and it made that binding all the more adherent.

Rom. 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Ishmael was the son of Abraham, but not the son of Sara. The words of Sara were easy to say, but Abraham was looking at a personal investment and a heart throb that was his own. The attachment was more than emotional, but nonetheless, due to its conception, it had to be dealt with and cut off.

The Blessing of God cannot be found in the Failures of Yesterday. You cannot simply ask God to bless your mess and continue on as if nothing has ever happened.

“If you don’t deal with your mistakes, after a while, your mistakes will mock your miracles”–T. D. Jakes

There came a time when Ishmael got big enough that his childish innocency wore away and he began to be a mocker. Sara noticed it and called Abraham to do something about it. It is high time to deal with that Ishmael in your life. Don’t let him stand there and mock what God is trying to bless you with. He will mock at holiness. Are you going to buy that? Or, are you willing and bold enough to do what you should have done long ago, and give that “Hagar and Ishmael” the permanent wave. Maybe a good-bye kiss would be a little too sweet.  Anyhow, you better send them on their way.

God has greater things in store for your but you cannot drag your past shortcomings with you. You may say, that so and so is getting away with it. Why can’t I? It is suffice to say that you must do what God is calling you to do, and leave so and so in the hands of God. Rom. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.


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