Limited Thinking

Have you ever found yourself in a situation wondering how God will work it out? You think of many possibilities, but when he does work it out, it was in a way you never thought possible?

Recently I was reminded of such experiences while reading about God’s promise to Abraham (Abram at the time) on having a son in Genesis 15:4. In prior verses, God promised to protect and greatly reward Abraham, but Abraham didn’t think it was worth it if he didn’t have a son to past it on to. Side Note: Isn’t it amazing how you can have success in certain areas of life, but then you’re miserable because of the one part you have challenges in? Moving on…

Abraham is promised a son of his own, and in the next chapter we find a discussion between him and Sarah (Sarai at the time) about having a son through Sarah’s servant Hagar. Abraham agrees, probably by reasoning that Sarah can’t have children, and this may be the God promised opportunity to have a son of his own. As most of you know, it didn’t go as smoothly as planned (Genesis 16). If you look closely, the narrative doesn’t state that Abraham consulted God, but rather agreed with Sarah based on their limited thinking.

Sometimes our limited thinking can cause our lives to be more stressful than it has to be. As married couples, we usually seek things like a child or home, things we naturally expect God to bless us with just for doing the right thing. But limited by our reality we may go about it in a way that’s not aligned with God’s plans.

This year and beyond, as married couples, let’s trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways let’s submit to him, and as promised, he will make our paths straight.

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