As we read from Genesis 15 into Genesis 16, we are thrown a curveball. Right on the heels of Abram’s belief in the Lord and God’s solemn covenant ceremony, we read of Sarai’s plan for Abram to have a son with her handmaiden, Hagar. She shared her plan, and then Scripture merely records, “And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai” (v. 2).
When Hagar became pregnant, Sarai became bitter and jealous, and she mistreated her servant, so much so that Hagar ran away for a time. But the consequences of Abram and Sarai’s act of doubt and disobedience did not end with the strife in their immediate family. The descendants of Ishmael, her son, plagued the Israelites long after (v. 12).
Abram and Sarai failed to consider that their actions were not performed in a bubble. They carried over to impact many others. The same is true of us. We need to take care to consider whom we might bless by our obedience and whom we might hurt by our disobedience.
How might the decisions you are facing right now impact others around you?