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Today's reading: Genesis 16:1-6; Proverbs 3:5-8

Although Abram and Sarai desire to have children, Sarai is barren. After years of trying to conceive, Sarai decides to take matters into her own hands instead of trusting that God was aware of the situation and had a plan and purpose for her.

Now let me interject here. If you feel like pointing your finger or shaking your head at Sarai, hold off. Because honestly, haven't we all done this at some point or another—taken matters into our own hands? I certainly have, and more than once. When circumstances aren't moving along like we think they should, our self-centered and sinful human nature rises us and urges us to push God aside, seductively whispering, "You know what's best for you." The temptation for us to be in control of our personal world has been around since the beginning of time, and it's powerful. But when we give in to this temptation and run ahead of God, it's always to our detriment. And yes, I'm speaking from experience.

In your current life circumstances or season of life, what helps you wait patiently when you're ready to move or make a change but God hasn't yet fully cleared the way? What does Sarai and Abram's example from Genesis 16 reveal about the dangers and consequences of making decisions based on our feelings and circumstances? Tami

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I agree with you, Tami!

Knowing that God's way is perfect and His timing it too, makes the waiting worth it all.
When we surrender to the flesh we are given leanness to our souls. It is NEVER worth it, and at the same time God is so merciful to His children.
Not waiting for the Lord's promise of a son, Abram and Sarai caused unnecessary heart ache for several others beside themselves and I believe, the reaping is still continuing although God did indeed keep His promise!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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