I'm not quite sure what Abram was thinking when he slept with Sarai's maidservant, but it's pretty obvious here that he made a bad judgment. I once had someone ask me why it is that God allowed things like polygamy back in the early days that are not allowed now. My response is that God allows things that are outside of His will, and because those things are not His desire, they will ultimately come with consequences. Such is the case of Abram and Sarai. Another example is later on when we will read about Israel's desire for a king. All along God's intention was to be Israel's king, but they wanted someone they could see and cling to. God allowed this to take place, but it was outside of his desires for the Israelites, and they ultimately paid consequences for what they did. When deciding whether or not God's plan is worth following, my advice is to stick with it. And honestly, no offense to any of my female readers, what man would want more than one wife? I'm not yet married, but I've been told by others that one wife is more than enough.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.