What’s a Jesus Whammy? By Beth Farley

Last week I cut down the bamboo.This week, its back. What in the world? I should have known. Growing up we had a bamboo tree that no matter what we did to try to kill it, it came back; and when it returned, it spread. I remember my dad even trying to burn the sucker down; but to no avail. It came back.

Why didn’t I listen to my son and have the landscapers figure it out? I remember getting injured during my own attempt at removing it as well. As stated in my previous blog, I not only cut myself but I was incredibly sore the following day.

I felt a Jesus Whammy last night before going to bed. Do you know what a Jesus Whammy is?  It’s what I call an incident when you know you should have done something His way and yet you took control and did it your way. We know better but we do it anyway.

Let’s take a look at the all-too-famous Biblical woman who took matters into her own hands; Sarah. She had all kinds of riches but had no children. She somehow lost her faith in God’s plan.

Sarah was a loving and loyal partner to her husband Abraham. They started their lives together in Ur, Babylonia (Modern-day Iraq). God had promised to make a great nation of Abraham and as a loving loyal wife she was obedient and submissive.

As the years passed, she wanted a baby so badly and was unable to conceive. God promised her a child, but she became impatient with God’s plan and faithless. She took matters into her own hands. That’s a Jesus Whammy!

She weakened and told her husband to sleep with her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar. That was another Jesus Whammy. Hagar eventually gave birth to Abraham’s firstborn son, Ishmael. Much anger and jealousy rose within the two women. Sarah became jealous because Hagar had the firstborn son and Hagar was angry at the way Sarah treated her.Genesis 21:8-10…The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son Whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”

God was faithful even when Sarah was faithless.

Sarah had trouble believing God’s promises to her. She attempted to work problems out on her own, without consulting God. She also tried to cover her faults by blaming others. She was a woman of faith who was human. When the times got rough for her and emotions were all over the board, she made a mistake. That’s another Jesus Whammy!

Sarah’s story is told in Genesis 11-25.

How often do we do this ourselves? We think we have a better plan like marrying somewhat that we are just not equally yoked with or putting a purchase on a credit card when we really know we can’t make the minimum monthly payments. The thing here though is that God responds to our faith even in the midst of our failure. Isn’t that the best news ever? We can be forgiven and put right back on the journey that leads to Jesus. I don’t know about you, but that makes me just want to shout a loud AMEN!!!

When have you taken a different path or changed a plan when you knew it might not be the right thing to do? Come visit with us at Living by Grace with  your thoughts.

Bethliving by grace

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