In Spite Of Us

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.  And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram. (Genesis 16:10–16)

God’s master plan didn’t include Abram and Hagar bringing forth a son. In fact, God later referred to Isaac, as Abraham’s ‘only son’. How often have we done things that have not been a part of God’s master plan? We have made poor choices in ignorance, through impatience, through zeal, through stubbornness, through disobedience, and a host of other reasons. God truly is gracious. God blessed Ishmael even though he had not ordained the union of Abram and Hagar. There may be something in your life that you have regretted doing, or not doing. We focus on the past, and for many of us, we can’t move on in our lives because of this regret and keep focusing on the past. Not only is there forgiveness, but God can bless you in your circumstance. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) It’s not about you, it’s about God.