Genesis 15:4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”
As we continue our journey of ceasing in Sabbath keeping we come to another one which we have all failed at one time or another - ceasing our petty attempts at playing God.
In our reading today we see a blatant attempt by Sarah to make happen what God said would happen that Sarah didn’t think God could do since He hadn’t done it in the time she thought it should be done. She knew God had promised her and her husband, Abraham, a child of their own but God had yet to keep that promise so she suggests a way that legally, according to the culture, they could have a child through her handmaid.
Although this was seen as a legal way for a couple to have a child, it wasn’t God’s plan nor His instructed way. As with most decisions we make that are sinful, this choice led to problems in multiple relationships and caused much hurt and frustration. It caused a fracture in Sarah’s relationships with Hagar, Abraham and ultimately God.
When we choose to play God with our lives we set into motion things that are not positive for us or those around us. We can ruin relationships and cause ourselves needless pain when we think we know better than God does how to conduct our lives. And what brings us to this point of thinking we are better than God? It always starts with a focusing on our own desires and timing, putting ourselves as our own gods.
To be Sabbath keepers we need to cease from trying to play God in our lives. We need to stop thinking we know better than He does what should be done in our lives. We need to stop surrendering to our own desires and focus on God and His desires and leave things to Him and His control. We need to remember that we can only see a limited amount of time and God can see all of time. So while we think things are better if we do it our way it will actually prove our short-sightedness. We think that getting things done quicker than God works is better but God knows how the actions of today fit with the plans of tomorrow. His plans and times are for the best, no matter what we think.
Making It Personal
Where in your life do you try playing God? What is it about that situation that makes you distrust God? In what ways have you caused more issues in your life because you have been playing God?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to try to play God? Do you ever think you know what is best for yourself? Is it good to pretend you are God and can make your own choices?
Father, thank You for the reminder that we are not God and are in no way qualified to pretend we are. Father, please convict us whenever we start to take charge of our own lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.