“Your plans do not and cannot change God’s purposes. Some lessons are learned the hard way.


“Your plans do not and cannot change God’s purposes. Some lessons are learned the hard way.

“Abraham and Sarah learned this when Sarah became impatient because 25 years had passed since God had promised them a son and she still was not a mother. God did not accept Sarah’s attempt to assist Him by giving her maid Hagar to Abraham so they might have a son through her. When Hagar’s son Ishmael was born, God said that Ishmael was not the son of promise because that child was to be born through Sarah.
[Abraham’s] son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise (Galatians 4:23).
Your plans do not and cannot change God’s purposes any more than Sarah’s plans did. God will “stick with His warranty even if you come up with a plan that looks nice. He’s stuck with His promise, and His promise is related to His purpose. Even though Sarah laughed and tried to substitute her plan for God’s, she still received the son of promise.
No matter how much you would like God to support you in your plans to help Him keep His promises, God will only support His purpose. God is totally obligated to support you if you are in His purposes, but if you are outside them, forget it. His promises are more powerful than your plans. Sarah’s plan was not part of God’s purpose, so He didn’t support it. His promises go with His purpose, because all warranties are related to the prior purpose of the manufacturer.

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4 comments on ““Your plans do not and cannot change God’s purposes. Some lessons are learned the hard way.

  1. This is just what I needed to hear. I have not fully relied on God. I know if it is not his plan then it is not going to happen. Thank you so much.

  2. Great, powerful lesson! Just a thought… God did not neglect Ishmael. He created “many nations” from him – modern Muslim nations (I traced the history of the tribes reading the first books of the Bible, and this is the conclusion I came up with), who also regard Abraham as their forefather. Your message gets even more significant, when you think of the scope of the consequences of Sarah’s disobedience. In one of my posts, I posted a video of a former Muslim, now a follower of Christ, who describes Islam as a religion of hate. It is a very legalistic religion that has no personal relations with God. Well… I thought to myself… Ishmael, a firstborn (a big deal in that culture). He was kicked out from the father’s house at the relatively adult age. He learns the basics of Hebrew religion in Abraham’s house. But he has to rationalize everything in his own way, because even though God talked to his mother, Hagar, he saw God as harsh and vengeful who allowed all the harshness to happen to him and his mother. Ishmael could not see it as an unfortunate result of Sarah’s disobedience, as well as he could not accept God’s promise to make him a father of many nations, as a compassionate and loving act. Resentment and hate clouded his judgment. And when Ishmael became a father of his household (and ultimately a spiritual leader, as it was customary in those days), he portrayed God as wrathful, vengeful, distant, the one that needs to be pleased by good works and unquestionable obedience. Look at the modern Muslim world. We have millions of lost souls, who draw their spiritual roots from Abraham’s house, but suffer from the estrangement from God, as a result of Sarah’s disobedience. With all that in mind, it is much easier to think of Muslims with love and compassion, as of the lost sheep from the ‘other flock’ who Jesus desires to bring back to Him. Anyway, sorry for the long comment, I used to think of this a lot, so it just came out of me 🙂

  3. I also find it extremely comforting that God’s plan is always fulfilled. That He always keeps His promises and His word and regardless of my actions, His purpose will be completed. On the one hand, it can mean I will face consequences and trials based on my own disobedience, however, on the other hand, it means He has provided “a way out from under it”, He will forgive if I repent at the cross of His son and our Savior, and He will claim His children and His kingdom. Enjoyed reading this post.

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