Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. Genesis 16:1-2
What’s an “Ishmael Idea” you ask?
It’s trying to play God in your own life. It’s settling for less than God’s very best for you.
It’s coming up with schemes, plots, plans behind God’s back, that get you married quicker.
When you don’t see your prayer being answered for marriage you could be tempted to think of ways to make it happen yourself. The “Ishmael Idea” might seem good at first you can even get your friends or boyfriend/girlfriend to go along with it, like Sarah did with Abraham. Sarah was desperate to have a child and it ended up causing so much heartache and pain to all involved (Read Genesis 16,18,21)
Waiting on the Lord for your future mate can be hard especially when you can’t see how it’s ever going to happen.
Why can’t I find the right one?
Will it ever happen for me too?
How is it going to happen?
What if it’s too late for me?
And with all your questions, God is asking you one simple question, “is anything too hard for me?”
If you believe you will get married then know that God is able and He will lead you there. So when those dark days come when you start questioning it all and get tempted to come up with your own “Ishmael Ideas” answer God’s question first.
Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14