When it Feels Wrong, but is Still Right
Abraham shows his trust in God, again. In our passage, Abraham is in a bit of a predicament. He wants to do what is right for his son Ishmael, but what feels right is not what’s best.
Sarah wants Ishmael gone, because he is not her real son. Abraham is hesitant to send him away, because he wants to do what’s right for Ishmael. Yet God tells Abraham to do what Sarah says, because that’s what God says is best.
So what does Abraham do?? He listens to God, regardless of what he feels.
Sometimes in life, we are hesitant to make hard decisions because they feel “wrong.” Maybe it’s disciplining our kids. Maybe it’s following God’s call, even when it leaves loved one’s behind. Maybe it’s telling someone the truth about and pointing out sin, even when you love them. Maybe it’s refusing to take part in what your friends are doing, because what they are doing is ungodly.
It may feel “wrong” to make those decisions because we love the people involved, just like it felt wrong for Abraham to send Ishmael away. But, in the end God knows what is best. His plans are best, even when they are hard. And just because decisions are hard, it doesn’t always mean that they are wrong, even when they feel like it.
God knew it was best to send Ishmael away, even though Abraham wanted to care for him and Hagar. God knew it was best for Isaac to be the son of promise, even when Abraham was emotionally torn. God’s way is best, even when it is emotionally difficult.
Here is a question we can ask ourselves, today:
What do I place my trust in more often, in my feelings and perspective, or God’s truth and plans?
By: Sam Cirrincione