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“Now the serpent . . . said to the woman, Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 NIV).

(This guest devotional is by Jon Walker, author of ‘Growing with Purpose,’ and editor of the Purpose Driven Life On-line Devotionals.)

And so Sarai took it upon herself to fulfill the promise, no longer trusting God to do his job. The waiting is the hardest part, and Sarai was tired of the wait.

Sitting in a humid tent, she heard the support poles creak; she heard, through the open flaps, a camel snort; and she heard . . . was that a voice, like the hiss of a serpent, saying, “Did God really say your husband would be the father of a family so vast it would surpass the number of stars in the sky?” (Consider Genesis 3).

Perhaps Sarai said, “God can, but he won’t.” Or maybe she said, “God can’t figure this out, but I can.” Looking through the tent’s door, she saw her servant Hagar, and in that moment she saw the solution, though she didn’t see the Pandora’s box she would soon open. Perhaps she even thought, “Of course! This is probably the answer God meant for me to see all along.”

Sarai believed her assumptions more than she believed God’s promise. She wondered why God was no longer on her side--“Why is the LORD keeping this from me?”--instead of confessing she was no longer one with God’s will.

Ask God to help you identify the places in your life where you’re saying, “The LORD is keeping this from me!” God’s interest is that you master the lessons of faith. He wants you to succeed, able to walk further in faith each day. So failure is not defeat; he will continue to teach you--and stretch you--until walking by faith and not by sight is as natural as breathing. Tell God, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Jon Walker can be found on Facebook at ‘GraceCreates with Jon Walker. This devotional is copyrighted 2009 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.


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