Wait… Wait… Wait.
In Psalms 62:5, King David wrote these words:
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. (NLT) What?!?! Wait… QUIETLY?! I don’t know about you, but it’s so hard for me to Wait, what more to WAIT QUIETLY! God knows I’m impatient, and He’s working on me in that area.
Have you ever wanted something so much that you just couldn’t wait to get it, so you tried to make it happen faster? Maybe it was buying something on a credit card instead of saving and paying cash. Maybe it was trying to get a position at your job. Or perhaps it was making more money, so you took a career path that seemed to get you there quicker. How did it end up for you?
I’ve found that when I try to speed up that which takes a prescribed amount of time, I can mess things up, or just make my life more complicated. Does that describe you too? Yaaay! High Five!🖐We read in Genesis 12 and 15 that God promises a man named Abram that he will bless him and make his descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. This sounds great, but there was just one thing- Abram and Sarai were old, like Super, Duper old in age. Sarai was way past the age of giving birth- well, humanly speaking. I mean, she was 90 YEARS OLD when she gave birth to Isaac. To Sarai, God’s promise to her seemed absurd! Can we blame her for thinking that way? No, I would hope! But, what does she do? She takes matters into her own hands.
She asked her husband, Abram, to sleep with her maidservant Hagar, since God was slow to His promise. And Abram, being a man, hearkened unto the voice of his wife. 😀 Problem solved, eh? Think again! After Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, Hagar began treating Sarai with contempt. Guess who got angry? Yup, your guess is as good as mine! As one would expect, Sarai decided to put the whole blame on Abram, despite the fact that she was the one that initiated the whole thing! Abram then tells Sarai to do whatever she wants with her maidservant, so Sarai maltreated Hagar, prompting her to run away.
We might think the Bible is filled with “holier-than-thou” kinds of stories, but it is quite the contrary! Throughout the Bible, we find some really messed up people just like you and me. But the beauty of this is that God uses these broken and messed up people for His glory, to accomplish His purpose. But what can we learn from the story of Abram and Sarai? It’s best to wait on God’s timing. If God promises something, best believe He is more than able to fulfill that promise.
Folks, what are you waiting on God for today? Waiting hurts, I’ll admit, especially when you see other people succeeding in their craft. But wouldn’t it be better to wait for God’s best than to settle for second best? If, like me, you’re waiting on God for a particular blessing, I appeal to you today, to keep waiting and don’t lose hope. No one has ever waited on God and then end up disappointed. Though his promise may tarry, it will still come to pass. Let me leave you with my new favorite verse of the Bible.
For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!
Isaiah 64:4 (NLT)
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