No one enjoys waiting, which is why we have invented ample ways to avoid it. At the grocery store, self checkout was created so we do not have to wait on a cashier. We do not like to wait for our food to heat up, so we nuke it in a microwave. If we don't want to wait on a home cooked meal we can eat at a fast food restaurant. I am still waiting for a suitable flying car so I can get places quicker. Since we do not like to wait, it should come as no surprise that waiting on the Lord can be a struggle. Today's reading is a perfect example of the dilemma that may arise when we decide not to wait on the Lord.
Waiting on God to move can seem like it is taking entirely too long, especially when we have been longing for something like Sarai (Sarah) and Abram were longing for a child. Although God had promised them a child, they took it upon themselves to speed up the process and help God out by giving Hagar, Sarai's maidservant, to Abram. Once Hagar conceived, (much to Sarai's dismay), she began to look down on Sarai. This eventually led to jealousy and conflict between Sarai, Abram, and Hagar. One simple plan to help God, led to an entire household being turned upside down! Sarai became jealous of Hagar and treated her harshly, Hagar looked down on Sarai and fled from her because of cruel treatment, and Sarai was mad at Abram and blamed him for the whole situation. All of this could have been avoided if Sarai and Abram had patiently waited for God's plan to come to fruition. When you have trouble waiting, remember God has your best interest at heart, do not try to rush the situation because you will only make matters worse. Trust God!
Questions to consider:
When waiting on God do you become angry, frustrated, or upset? Do you try to rush God's plans by doing things your way?
When you try to fix a problem and it doesn't work out quite as expected do you blame others like Sarai or do you own up to it?
Is there anything in your life that you are currently waiting on (i.e a job, a relationship, a car)? If so continue to pray about it, prepare for it, but trust God to bring the right opportunity your way. Write your prayer request in our prayer request section.
Stay Blessed and Continue Warring for Christ!
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