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Genesis 21:1 - Verse Images

Why does God involve us in His plan? In many ways, the Lord is like a good parent. When He involves us in His work, He gives insight into how His Kingdom works. The Lord loves working through His children to accomplish His plans.

I grew up on a family farm. By the age of five, I had begun to do small tasks around our dairy barn. As a little boy, I thought this was a great adventure. I would come to see that the best way to learn about my father’s work was to be involved in it. This was the way I learned about my father’s plans for the farm.

God’s Kingdom Plan

After the fall into sin, the Lord began to work through mankind to bring a solution to death and sin. This solution was to be Jesus, the One who would crush the head of the serpent (Gen.3:15).  Satan worked diligently to thwart this plan. In the days of Noah, God sent a great flood to destroy the wicked and preserve the line of the Savior.

Many years later the Lord began to work through one family. He called Abraham and promised that his family would become a great nation, be blessed by the Lord and be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:3 All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” [1] All families would be blessed because Jesus would come through the line of Abraham. The descendants of Abraham would be known as Jews.  Jesus said in John 4:22b for salvation comes through the Jews.

Sarah’s Part of God’s Plan

Abraham was 75 years old when he received God’s promise. But at the age of 99, he and Sarah had no children together. It was then that the Lord told them they would have a child in the next year. Sarah was old and decades beyond childbearing, but God kept His promise.

Genesis 21:1 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would.

God could have just given them a child in the normal way years earlier. But He doesn’t. God chose to bring this child in a supernatural way which required both Abraham and Sarah to depend on Him. Their faith grew in this process and they matured in a way that wouldn’t have happened if Isaac would have been born to them earlier.

God Wants to Involve You in His Plan

Why does God involve us in His plan? You may think you are too old, too young, or otherwise unqualified for God to involve you in His plans. Satan still wants to thwart God’s plan and tells lies to stop it.  The enemy will tell you that God doesn’t want you. But just as I learned more about my father as I worked on the farm, God wants to give you insight as you work in His Kingdom.

Jesus simply says to you as He did to Peter and Andrew. Matthew 4: 19 “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him.[2]  Will you follow? When we do, our life will never be the same!

To hear how God involved Sarah in His plans, listen here:

[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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