“So Sarai said to Abram, “see now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. – Genesis 16: 2
The issue Abraham had with Haggai wouldn’t have been if not for the suggestion of Sarah his wife. She prevailed on her husband to go in to Haggai peradventure God’s promise could come into manifestation through her seed. Meanwhile, God had told him that in Sarah shall his seeds be named. The seed of promise wasn’t going to come through Haggai but Sarah. Haggai eventually conceived and gave birth to Ishmael; who became a principal enemy to the one that was coming. He was a major opposition to the child of promise even till this day. Radical Islamism is still a major problem for the world and God’s covenant people today. It all started with the birth of Ishmael. That was a deviation from a divine purpose. It was an attack on divine intention. However, all of that happened because a wife misadvised her husband.
When people closest to you counsel you, check it with God before you start working on them. Not all counsels come from God. I believe you know the story of Peter who had just affirmed the divinity of Jesus when he said He was the Christ, the Son of God. Imagine the same person rebuking Jesus while He was discussing His divine purpose, how He was going to be handed over to sinners who will eventually crucify Him. What was Jesus’ response? He didn’t say ‘Get thee behind Me Peter’. He said ‘Get thee behind Me Satan…!’ He could discern that the enemy wanted to use someone very close to Him to truncate His purpose.
When the devil knows that there is someone you listen to; he would try to work on that fellow to tell you things. We must be vigilant when it comes to who counsels us and what counsels we take. We must always take everything back to God in prayers. That’s the more reason why we must constantly pray for the people closest to us.
Daily digest: When Satan wants to get at you, he looks for people closest to you. People you trust; whose judgments you are not likely to fault. It could be your spouse, partner or close friends.
Prayer: I declare God’s word as my shield and buckler. I dwell in God’s secret hiding place. I am surrounded by God’s loving care and He preserves me from every harm. Amen