Choosing to make a necessary good

Jun 06, 17 Choosing to make a necessary good

We are often preoccupied with our own humanistic control and values we ascribe to things, situations, people, family, activities, parts of ourselves. That we regard as good for us and that we hold unto. 

But our standards of good may not according to God’s standards or plans for us. Hence this often results in partings or seperation which we may not understand at a point in time, but He will reveal His sovereign will in time.
Abraham left his family to an unknown land when he was comfortable and not in need  
Now the LORD had said to Abram: 

Get out of your country,  From your family And from your father’s house,  To a land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1 NKJV)

Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land. (Genesis 12:6 NKJV)
Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South (Genesis 12:7 – 12:9 NKJV)
Unbelieving of God’s plans for Sarai to bear a child, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar her Egyptian space and gave her to her husband to bear a son

Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. (Genesis 16:3 NKJV)

Hagar bore Abram a son 

So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram (Genesis 16:15 – 16:16 NKJV)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. “And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly (Genesis 17:1 – 17:2 NKJV)

Abraham was happy with his current situation; he didn’t need the Lord’s promise. 

Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. (Genesis 17:15 NKJV)
And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child (Genesis 17:16 – 17:17 NKJV)

Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him (Genesis 17:19 NKJV)

“And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 

“But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year (Genesis 17:20 – 17:21 NKJV)

Isaac was born, of rightful faith and fulfillment of God’s promise

And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar. Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife (Genesis 20:1 – 20:3 NKJV)

Conflict and separation. Seperation of Hagar and Ishmael

Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” (Genesis 21:10 NKJV)

God reassures His will

But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. (Genesis 21:12 NKJV)
“Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.” (Genesis 21:13 NKJV)

Abraham sent Hagar and Ismael away

So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba. (Genesis 21:14 NKJV)

Abraham is told by God to choose not His good but His best 

And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit (Galatians 4:28 – 4:29 NLT)

Ishmael, the son of human effort (works)

Isaac, the son by God’s promise (grace)


There are two challenges we have in life 

1) to find ourselves 

2) to lose ourselves 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (Matthew 10:39 NLT)

You alone know what God wants you to bring to a necessary end 
Choose to go with God’s best, not just His good

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