And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
Abraham and Sarah were very old, far beyond childbearing years. Ishmael had already been born to Abraham through Hagar, the fruit of a crazy scheme to help God out with His own plans. It seems as if Sarah had lost hope in ever giving Abraham a son to inherit the promises God had made to them all those years ago before they had entered the land of Canaan. Look at the trouble Sarah and Abraham created because of their lack of faith, their inability to wait for God. They were unwilling to allow God to work everything out according to His own plan, in His own time.
People were affected by Abraham and Sarah’s impatient actions, people God created. They had taken the matters of their future in their own hands. Hagar had been obedient to Sarah’s wishes. Ishmael was knit in her womb by God Himself. While they were not accidental players in the grand story of God, their participation was instigated because of faithlessness in a moment of weakness on the part of Abraham and Sarah.
Oh, how this situation causes me to look back on my own life and the many times I have been unwilling to wait for God’s best. Frequently, my actions in those times have led to disappointment or heartache, not only for me but for others as well.
I have noticed something else as well. Even though I have often times jumped ahead of God to get what I wanted, making a mess of things, God still worked behind the scenes to give me the very best. Oh, His best might have happened earlier, with less heartache if I had been willing to wait. But, God still had His hand of blessing on my life.
Your personal story (and mine) is a part of God’s grand story. Like Abraham and Sarah we all have successes and failures. Still, God is faithful. Even when we are impatient, His patience with those He loves never fails! Like God said He would, He appeared right on time, and Isaac was born right on schedule! What a great and awesome God we serve.
Talk About It
If because of your impatience in waiting on God someone you know or love has been hurt or damaged in some way, go to that person and ask for their forgiveness.
Think of one or two instances in your life when God has demonstrated His gracious patience with you in spite of your our own impatience in waiting for His best. Tell that story to someone in your life today.