Have you tried to help God carry out His plan for your life? Waiting for answered prayer can become wearisome. You silently wonder, What’s taking so long? Suddenly, you feel compelled to take action. Is it inspiration or manipulation?
When I’m tempted to interfere with God’s plan, He quiets my heart and shows me how to wait without getting weary.
ABRAHAM HELPS US UNDERSTAND IMPATIENCE
If you had to wait two years for answered prayer, would you wait faithfully? What if you had to wait ten years, fifteen years or twenty years? That’s what happened to Abraham.
Abraham, known as the founding father of Israel, received God’s promise while he was childless.
This wealthy livestock owner waited more than two decades to bare a son. Although Abraham was a man of great faith, unmet expectations can cause a weary heart to compromise.
Abraham’s wife was aging, and she longed to build a family. Sarah compromised and offered Abraham her Egyptian maidservant, Hagar. Even though God gave Abraham a promise, he agreed to his wife’s plan. Ishmael was born, but Ishmael wasn’t the fulfillment of God’s word.
Waiting is hard. Time allows too much room for negative thinking; unless we fill the room with God’s promises.
5 WAYS TO WAIT WITHOUT GETTING WEARY
Abraham had an intimate relationship with God. He talked with Him and shared his raw emotions. The dialog in Genesis 15: 1-8 uncovers truths that can help us anchor our faith while we wait for God’s promises:
1. Don’t Submit to Fear
“Do not be afraid…” (Genesis 15:1 NIV).
2. Don’t Let Logic Weaken Your Faith
“You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir,” (Genesis 15:3 NIV).
3. Hold on to God’s Promises
“Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them…So shall your offspring be,” (Genesis 15:5 NIV).
4. Remember God’s Past Provisions
“I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it,” (Genesis 15:7 NIV).
5. Ask for God’s Assurance
“O Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?” (Genesis 15:8 NIV).
WHAT, OR WHO IS YOUR ISAAC?
Can you imagine the joy Abraham and Sarah shared as they gazed into the eyes of their long-awaited Isaac? Even though Abraham was 100-years old and Sarah was 90-years old, God gives supernatural answers in a natural world. Just as God promised, Abraham lived up to his name and became “the father of many.”
What has God promised you? What, or who is your Isaac? God’s promises may involve a career change, ministry venture, marital restoration, salvation, or emotional healing.
Stand firm, my friend. God’s love will help you overcome fear. Don’t let logic weaken your faith. Hold on to God’s promises. Remember God’s past provisions, and ask for God’s assurance. Soon, you’ll gaze at your long-awaited Isaac.
FIND ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH COMMUNITY
Do you need a little encouragement? In May, I’ve scheduled a few Google Hangouts for my blog subscribers. I’ll listen to your comments, ideas, blog questions, ministry challenges, and prayer requests. Each 30-minute Hangout will provide a safe venue for 6-8 women to chat. It’ll be a great way to get acquainted, and meet new friends.
Have a wonderful weekend.
The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.