[bible1year] Devotional comments on Genesis 16-18

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 6 Jan 2014 13:04:53 -0000
        Today's reading covers the birth of Ishmael, the 
changing of Abram's name to Abraham, the Abrahamic 
covenant confirmed and made everlasting, and the promise 
of Isaac.

        There is a practical lesson concerning the birth 
of Ishmael. Rather than allowing God to work in His own 
time and way, Sarah ran ahead of God. This always brings 
trouble to our lives. The flesh always loves to "help" 
God, while true faith is shown in patience. Sarah 
doubted God's promise that she would bear Abraham a son. 
And Abraham ceased to walk in the Spirit and began to 
walk in the flesh. Someone has said, "Faith is living 
without scheming." We should never doubt God's promises. 
Remember, we cannot mix faith and flesh, law and grace, 
or promise and self-effort.

        As Christians, we must be strong and mature so 
that we might enjoy the fullness of God's perfect plan 
for our lives.