Waiting on God’s timing IS difficult. It is especially difficult to wait for something that may seem impossible base on your environment. It is one thing to wait on a car, it is another thing to wait on having a child when your biological clock is ticking. We all have certain things that we have put a deadline on? What do we do when we approach the deadline and see no hope in sight?
Abraham and Sarah’s pregnancy story gives us great insight on the wait, let us look more into it.
The story starts in chapter fifteen, where God makes a covenant with Abram. Abram complains to God about not having an offspring to call heir. God responds by saying: This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir” ( 15:4-5). God promises Abram that he will have a son of his own and Abram “ believed the Lord and he counted it to him as righteousness”. It is important to note that Abram believed the Lord at this point and did not question that the promise would be fulfilled.
The Back-up Plan
Unfortunately, things take a turn in chapter sixteen when Abram and Sarai create their own solution to their problem. Sarai tells Abram “ Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go into my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai” (verse 2). The Lord did not give the promise to Sarai, but he did to Abram in chapter 15. Abram knew what the Lord was going to do for him and his wife, yet he took a shortcut. Instead of waiting on God’s perfect gift, Abram took an adulterated version of the gift.
How often do we act like Abram? God promises us gifts from heaven, but because we are impatient we make ourselves the Lord over our lives and make decisions that give us “gifts” but not gifts from God. The Lord has promised you a car, yet because you are unwilling to wait on God’s timing you make a brash decision and buy the first car you see. The Lord has promised you a spouse, but because you are impatient and immature you lower your standards and form a relationship with someone that does not fear the Lord.
Don’t be fooled, Satan hears your prayers and has the ability to send a forgery of what you really need. We need to stop having the mindset that we have the ability to grant ourselves good gifts. “ Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17), if it’s not from God, it is not good. When we create our own solutions, we end up dealing with harsh consequences. Hagar’s pregnancy caused division in Abram’s household, and eventually, Hagar and Ismael had to be sent away.
In Chapter seventeen, God makes a promise again to *Abraham about bearing children. The Lord tells Abraham “ I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her” (verse 16). Then Abraham responds, “ Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” (Verse 17) We don’t know how long Abraham and Sarah waited until they had Isaac, but we can assume that is was more than fourteen years because Abraham had Ismael at age eighty-six and had Isaac at age one hundred. In chapter fifteen when God gave Abram the promise, Abram believed in God. But now years had passed and Abraham lost faith and hope.
It’s easy to believe that God will do what he has said he will do at the beginning, but what happens as days, weeks, months, and years go by? I have found that it becomes very hard to believe in God’s promises when they take a long time to come. Maybe you are thirty and have believed God for a husband since you were twenty, but have yet to see any signs of a husband. Maybe you have believed God for healing, but find yourself sick every single day. It is so easy to lose hope during the wait. I have learned that stillness does not mean God is not working. God is continuously working on our behalf and will deliver gifts at the appropriate time.
Wait On The Lord
The enemy wants you to lose hope. He wants you to stop working, praying and caring. The enemy’s goal is to stop you from being an instrumental part of the Kingdom of God, and he does this by killing your hope. Keep hope alive knowing that “ The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right” (psalm 84:11)
“ The Lord visited Sarah as he said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised.” (21:1), and just like that Isaac was born. The Lord shall visit you as he said and the Lord shall do to you as he has promised. We serve a good God, sometimes I don’t think we truly understand this. We serve a God that doesn’t know how to be anything other than to be faithful. The Lord is not here to taunt you, if He has promised you something, know that it shall come to pass. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your impatience make you take a backup plan. Wait on the Lord and take hold of the good that is in store.
* Abram is the same person as Abraham. Sarai is the same person as Sarah. The Lord changed their names halfway into the story.