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When God Says to Wait

When God Says to Wait

By Kendra Clarke

We live in a me-centric society where being inconvenienced or forced to wait for anything is viewed as unacceptable and intolerable. We can name some worse things we would rather be doing, than to wait. We hate waiting in lines, detest sitting in traffic (can you say road-rage), and view waiting to be served as a nuisance. We hate waiting and technology has helped to feed this instant, “gotta have it right now” mentality. Consider this, our grandparents and great grandparents didn’t have microwaves and had to cook and re-heat their meals on the stove or in the oven, but they lived and survived. They didn’t have cell phones or computers to be plugged into the world 24/7, so rapid communication such as texting and email didn’t exist and yes, life still somehow managed to go on. We think to ourselves, “How did they do it!”

We Hate Waiting on God

We rush into situations solely based on what our flesh wants or what our hearts feel, with our emotions leading the charge. As a result, we find ourselves in situations and relationships that we have absolutely no business being in. We do what we please, when we please simply because we feel we can, it feels good and no one can tell us otherwise. We want, what we want, when we want it and don’t like feeling in complete control of our lives. We can’t find the value in waiting for anything anymore, but worst of all we hate waiting on God. God tells us to wait and to be patient in Habakkuk 2:3,

“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay”. He goes on to say,

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it ” (Isaiah 55:10-11). What we can deduce from this passage is that God’s word is His bond.

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When God Makes Us Wait

When God makes us wait, regardless of the delay, it can feel like an eternity to our flesh. The longer the wait, the more anxious we become. Doubt then sets in, when we begin to wonder if God really will show up at all. In our angst, we take matters into our own hands often screwing things up in the process, perhaps even causing further delay. For example, in the Book of Genesis God established a covenant with Abram saying, “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:5-7). Here God promises to make Abraham fruitful only God didn’t say when it would occur. Many years would pass between God’s promise and the realization of His promise. Now if we had to wait for over 20 years, many of us would have lost our minds… 🙂

Helping God Along

Now Sarai, his wife, had not yet borne him any children, and in the natural, she could see no way for that to happen since she was past childbearing age. She clearly believed God’s promise of Abraham having offspring one day, but she must have wondered how. See, we always get ourselves into trouble, when we try to figure things out or better yet intervene on God’s behalf. God tells us plainly why we shouldn’t stress ourselves out trying to help Him out. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Deciding to help God along, creates a solution not borne by God, but of our flesh. To that end, Sarai decided to offer her Egyptian slave Hagar to Abraham, so that he could have a son with her. Her sacrifice on the surface, may have seemed commendable, but it was not well thought out, and in the end, it created more problems than it solved. As a matter of fact, problems that still exist even today.

Next: The Blessing is in the Waiting – 2/20/16

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