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God Doesn’t Need Our Help

Sisters in Faith

Sarah, wife of Abraham, is considered one of the great women of faith in the Bible; but she also demonstrated a lack of faith when she got tired of waiting on God. Sarah looked at all of her circumstances and determined that she could not be used in God’s plan to multiply Abraham’s seed. So, she gave another woman, Hagar, her Egyptian maid, to her husband as his wife so he could fulfill God’s plan without her. Sometimes God whispers in our ears and mobilizes us to take action on His behalf to carry out His will. But Sarah had no such directive from God in choosing to give Hagar to Abraham. God doesn’t need our help to move things along or to make things happen. Unless we hear from Him, we should remove our hands from manipulating the lives of others; even if we’re doing what we think is best for them. In fact, we could be interfering with God’s plans for that person’s life and our own. (1, p.19, 20)

Excerpt from She Speaks: Wisdom from the Women of the Bible to the Modern Black Woman

© 2013 by Michele Clark Jenkins

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