After God promised Abraham that his descendants would be "as numerous as the stars" (Ge 22:17 NIV), things weren't happening fast enough. So Abraham grew impatient and took matters into his own hands by fathering Ishmael with his wife's maidservant Hagar. Then his troubles began in earnest!
When God did send the promise Isaac through Sarah, his wife both boys ended up living under the same roof. Right and wrong, wheat and tares growing up together. It's possible to be bless in one area of your life, while in another there's a growing problem that'll overwhelm you unless you handle it. Sarah caught Ishmael "mocking" Isaac. That's what happen when we don't confront our mistakes; they end up mocking us and belittling our success. Before that occurs you need to stand up and declare enough is enough! I'm going to get my act together and straighten out my life. You can't straddle the fence when it comes to dealing with things that threaten to destroy us. You've got to take a stand! Question: Do you have some Ishmael in your life? How do you deal with them? Aug 6 2008.