Deal With Your “Ishmael”

Deal With Your “Ishmael”

“Cast out the bondwoman and her son.” Gal 4:30

Ishmael was born as a result of Abraham attempting to hurry up the plan of God and fulfill it through human effort. Are you doing that? We all have our “Ishmaels”: a good idea that was not God’s idea, and it can complicate your life. You say, “But didn’t God love Ishmael too?” Yes, and He blessed him (See Ge 17:20). But God said He would only fulfill His plan through Isaac. When you run ahead of God, or try to replace His will with your will you not only suffer, but the people you love suffer too. Spiritually speaking, when God says to you, “Cast out the bondwoman and her son,” He’s saying, “It’s time to deal with your past and clean out your closet.” But notice something else in this story. Like Ishmael and Isaac, sometimes your miracle and your mistake can grow together under the same roof. Things can be so bad in one area, yet so good in another. Today God may be saying to you, “Because of the destiny I have in mind for you, you’ve got to putthis thing out of your life.” It’s painful letting go of something your flesh creates, but you have no choice. Here are your options: You can be moved by their pleading and miss God’s best. Or you can say, “As much as I love you, I love God more.” When you’re willing to walk away from something you love because you love God more, that’s called “the sacrifice of praise” (Heb 13:15). And when you offer it up to God, you position yourself to receive the fullness of His blessing in your life.

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