But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. Genesis 16:6
In the dispute between Hagar and Sarai, Abram sided with his childless, elderly wife instead of her pregnant servant. Abram didn’t want to make his godly wife sad. So he allowed Sarai to deal with her servant as she pleased, despite the fact that Hagar was pregnant with Abram’s child. This little incident describes the hazards, struggles, and conflicts that are a part of marriage. Sarai was being tested, yet God comforted her through Abram. The fact that God always watches over marriages and families shows us that he is pleased with these institutions.
Family life often leads to quarreling and conflict between husbands and wives. Furthermore, frequent disagreements and disputes occur in government. Splinter groups form in the church. Anyone who has watched all these conflicts would assume that nothing good could come from all of this.
This passage is warning us to be prepared for troubles and to patiently tolerate them. Don’t think that you will escape marital conflicts or political disputes. Only foolish people, who are naïve about life, think this way. Problems are common in church administration as well. Splinter groups and other troublemakers in the church cause all kinds of disruption. Here on earth we live among unappreciative, stubborn people who will never stop spreading confusion and bitterness. In light of this, we must remember this story and believe and trust in God, just as faithful Abram did. We must try to get along in peace and preserve harmony as best we can.
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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.
Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.