And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
(Genesis 21)
Christ comes to us when we need it most. Of course, He is always there to for us to call out to for help, for hope, for wisdom. But when we are walking in His will, seeking after Him, sometimes He just shows up and speaks. Abraham was really struggling with this scenario.  He had messed up, trying to take God’s will into his own hands by having a son through his wife’s handmaid, failing to trust God to provide one through Sarah. Now that both women had sons, there was a problem.  It was not a happy household. What to do? God shows up to tell him, just like God showed up to tell Joseph what to do in his troubling situation with Mary, who was expecting a child.  God does that. The question is: “Am I open to listening to what Christ has to come and say to me?” May our hearts be open this advent to listen, as God speaks to the struggles of our hearts and says: “Don’t worry. I’ve got this. It’s going to be okay. Here is what you should do.”
Source: Pastor’s Blog

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