13. Wait on God's perfect timing (1)

God promised that Abram will become the father of a great nation. He promised Abram the land and descendants as numerous as the sand on the sea shore and the stars in the sky. But unfortunately ten years after arriving in Canaan, Abraham still didn't have an heir, no descendants to speak of. He was already 85 years old and hope of the chance to have children was fading away. So Sarai and Abram in their desperation made their own plan to force God's promise to come to pass.

"But Sarai, Abram's wife, had no children. So Sarai took her servant, an Egyptian woman named Hagar, and gave her to Abram so she could bear his children. "The Lord has kept me from having any children," Sarai said to Abram. "Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her." And Abram agreed. So Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife." Genesis 16:1-3

Sarai had become impatient. She didn't want to wait a moment longer. She no longer trusted God for His provision of His promises. She took matters into her own hands. And what a terrible disaster that was. The moment Hagar found out that she was pregnant; she began to treat Sarai with contempt. This in turn led to heartache and conflict. Sarai immediately took the problem to Abram and blamed him for her predicament:

"It's all your fault! Now this servant of mine is pregnant, and she despises me, though I myself gave her the privilege of sleeping with you. The Lord will make you pay for doing this to me!" Genesis 16:5

I couldn't believe Sarai's reaction when I read this. This whole debacle was her idea in the first place and now she is blaming Abram for it! She couldn't wait for God a minute longer, so she took matters into her own hands and started to blame others when things didn't go her way. But then I realised that we are just like her. We are all the same. We tend to blame other people for the mistakes we make too. We rush forward, we don't think of the consequences and then when things go haywire, we blame the first one that comes to mind, instead of accepting responsibility for our own actions.

Sometimes God tests our patience and our faith by allowing us to wait on His perfect timing. Sometimes other things need to fall into place first, before the Lord will allow us to proceed with our calling. Sometimes He wants to build our character during the time of waiting. Whatever the reason may be, God has a plan and He knows what is best for us. Do not rush ahead and jump the gun. Things will not work out nearly as well as it would have if you just waited. Sarai had Ishmael to deal with for the rest of her life. He was a real part of Abram and nothing could undo what she did out of impatience. You might also have 'Ishmael's' in your life that you need to 'deal with' for the rest of your life, just because you couldn't wait.

Of course first prize would be that you had waited for God's perfect timing in the first place. But second prize is that you ask God how to deal with the 'Ishmael's' in your life, due to your own impatience. God helped Hagar and Ishmael and He turned him into a great nation as well. God does work around our mistakes, and if we ask His forgiveness and His guidance, He will never leave us or forsake us, but He will help us on our route ahead. God is faithful and true and forgives all our sins and will help us to deal with the 'Ishmael's' in our lives. Please allow Him to. He knows best.

But if you are still in the waiting season, take heart, you will not wait forever. Persevere and cling unto God's promises. It will be worth the wait!

Father God please give us the patience and the strength to wait on Your perfect timing for us. Please come to our rescue and give us peace that we are on the right track. But Father please forgive us if we haven't waited and if we have made a mess of things. Please help us to stand up again and help us to handle the situation to Your glory and honour. In Jesus' Name. Amen

1 comment for “13. Wait on God's perfect timing (1)”

  1. Gravatar of MariskaMariska
    Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 4:20:44 PM

    I am guilty of being impatient. This message really blessed me a lot.

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