Why Are We So Quick to Doubt?
by Brook Phelps
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“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19.)
I know of a child who is in fear for her wellbeing and at times her life yet law enforcement and Child Welfare Services have done nothing to protect her. I cannot help but be confused and frustrated as to why the system is turning a blind eye to this child and the situation. As a witness to the behavior of the offender it is unclear to me as to what has to happen before the proper authorities will step in and stop the maltreatment. Will the child survive until that time? I feel it is no wonder there are battered women who say they can not find safety from their attackers. Here is a child calling for help yet no one is willing to listen.
I looked to Genesis for guidance and came upon Abraham and Sarah. Abraham was promised many decedents by God but Sarah became frustrated and impatient with not bearing a child for her husband and did things her own way. She encouraged Abraham to conceive a child with her servant Hagar.
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.’ But Abram said, ‘Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’ Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ (Genesis 15:1-5.)
“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, ‘See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 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. So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. Then Sarai said to Abram, ‘My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me.’ 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 16:1-15.)
“Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.’” (Genesis 17:3-5.)
“Then God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 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?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!’ 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. 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 17:15-21.)
So our Father tells us, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of everything,” yet we become upset and intolerant and mess it all up just as Sarah did! Why are we so quick to doubt? Sometimes we are called to wait. It was not until Abraham was 100 years old that he and Sarah conceived their son Isaac!
I must remain in prayer that I have wisdom that all is for the glory of God and no other; not me, not the child, nor anyone else involved. It is for my Father and my Father alone!
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30.)
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Sister, my prays are with you and the child. You are showing wisdom by going to God in prayer. I agree with your thoughts in this article. Too often we do not wait on God and take matters into our own hands. Pray first, pray always, pray boldly and open. Pray and wait. Lord bless you. In Christ, Christian
My prayers...not prays are with you. :)