Whose voice carries more weight when making decisions?
Abraham was called by God, and had obeyed the voice of God for many years. Conflict arose in the family during the celebration of growth of his son Isaac, (this is what I can call it birth day celebration in these days). Sarah saw Ishmael mocking Isaac, as Isaac was 31 years younger than Ishmael. So Sarah wanted Ishmael and his mother to be expelled from the family, and Abraham was reluctant to do that since Ishmael was his son also. God intervened by instructing Abraham to listen and do what his wife Sarah was telling him to do.
Husband and wife may go through times of trials and tribulations, and times of misunderstanding and confusions. In whatever you do, you need to respect the voice of your spouse even when it is difficult to do so. Your spouse’s eyes might be opened to see something that you don’t see. In this way your spouse might save you and your family to the dangers that are hidden to your eyes and mind. When you are in doubt about your spouse views, you need to ask the Lord to intervene and guide you. You should not label your spouse and make unfounded conclusions for the reasons of her/his behaviour or attitude. Remember that whatever you do and the way you deal with your spouse may affect your children and the future generation after you. Think and consider your future generations when dealing with your spouse during the times of conflicts. You need to love and respect each other even in difficult times.
Gen 21:10-13 Says “So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” (11) And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. (12) But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. (13) And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.””
Love and respect each other even in difficult times. From Simtandile Dlepuma. Stay blessed.