“God’s will done God’s way, brings good fruit.” What a great mantra to repeat over and over again as we do life!
In the last few verses of Galatians chapter four, Paul certainly understood that principle and illustrated it vividly with a reference to Hagar. We all know the story. Abraham and Sarah were promised a son. They got old and worried about whether God’s promise would happen. So, they took matters into their own hands and had a son using a surrogate.
The surrogate was a slave named, Hagar. Her son was Ishmael. As you might imagine, conflict was everywhere in Abraham’s home. One day, Hagar ran away from her mistress, Sarah. The Lord met her out in the desert. He graciously assured her that He cared for her and her son. So, Hagar gave the Lord a name. She called Him, “El Roi” which means, “The God who sees me.”
Eventually Sarah conceived her son, Isaac. When the tension in the household peaked, Abraham had to send Hagar and Ishmael away.
On Sunday, my mind kept going back to Hagar’s meeting with the Lord (see Genesis 16:7-14). She had participated in trying to do God’s will the wrong way and the fruit wasn’t “good.” Yet, even in that circumstance, she felt the mercy of God on her life.
She encountered the God “Who saw her.” What a confrontation that must have been! A bold sinner who tried to manipulate the Lord’s will to fit her situation coming face to face with the God of the universe. You might expect fireworks or other demonstrations of His power. Instead, He softly spoke to her needs and assured her that He “saw her,” really saw her.
All of us ought to be encouraged by that thought. How often do you and I try to do God’s will our way? We get frustrated with His timetable. We think that He might need our efforts to move things along, or we think that His plan could use some adjustments to speed it up. Boy, are we wrong.
God’s will, done His way brings good fruit! God’s will, done our way just leads to frustration and confusion. I am so grateful we serve a God who sees us as we are. But He doesn’t leave us that way. By His mercy, He steps in to move on our behalf.
So, let’s be grateful for His grace. And this week, let’s try and let Him do His will, His way!