Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Genesis 16:1-2
Oh boy. Here we go. Sarai knew what the Lord’s promise was to Abram so she sought to solve the problem herself. She had absolutely no idea the problems she caused by that one suggestion, not only in her household, but in the world at large. What she suggested still affects the modern world. She saw no way that she would be able to conceive.
The lesson today is obvious: God doesn’t need any help handling difficult or impossible situations. If you’re up against the ropes and see no way out, we have an obligation to go to God first.