Don’t mistake your pain for your promise!

3770740322_0df97e8425Genesis 17:17-19 “Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.”

It’s so easy to mistake your pain for your promise. What do I mean by this statement? Abraham tried to help God do his job by sleeping with Hagar (Sarah’s servant) to conceive the promised child of God. In this dialogue with God, Abraham tries to put Ishmael before God as the promised child but God refused Ishmael and said, “No, Isaac is the promised child and he will have my blessing and favour upon him.” 

Ishmael represents what is birthed out of the pain of not seeing the promise realised in your life but Isaac represents what is birthed out of faith in God’s promises and purposes for your life. There’s a massive difference between the two, even though they may look similar, they are worlds apart. How many of us have attempted to quicken God’s plans for us by birthing in the flesh what can only be brought about by the Spirit?

Too often we settle for less than God’s best because we are impatient and hasty. We begin to think that God has forgotten about us and so we birth an Ishmael out of our pain, mistaking it for the promise but it’s actually very far away from what God has originally intended for us. Birthing the promises of God in your life is challenging because it requires incredible faith and dependance on God. It generally takes longer than what we are prepared to handle but we must remember Abraham’s story – God’s promises are worth waiting for!

Don’t mistake your pain for your promise. If you are in a season of pain at the moment, that is not God’s promise for you. Hold on the promise is coming. If you are tempted to birth an Ishmael, run for your life. Ishmael is not Isaac and your entire future will be affected by any hasty decision. If you have birthed an Ishmael and now you are living with the consequences of your painful decision, humble yourself and repent of your sin. Wait for God and his promises for your life. Keep believing and remember don’t mistake your pain for your promise!

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2 Responses to “Don’t mistake your pain for your promise!”

  1. What an awesome encouragement during a season in my own life where I’m waiting patiently for God’s promise… 🙂

    Thanks for articulating what so many of us go through but can’t put into words like you do. Keep seeking and speaking Corey!

    We love & appreciate you.


  2. Rachel porch Says:

    I really love this blog!!

    We don’t want ishmael’s!

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