The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
I thought of this verse as I read about Abraham’s story in Genesis. Here’s a quick recap of what God told him when and the promises He made.
God’s first promise came to Abram at age 75. He and Sarai were childless, and Abram was resigned to the idea that someone not his heir would inherit everything. God told him it would not be so; he would be the father of a great people. He would indeed have an heir of his own flesh and blood.
Eleven years later, no kids. Genesis 16 records how Sarai was getting impatient. Her suggestion? Have Abram sleep with her servant, an Egyptian named Hagar. Apparently, he didn’t need much convincing to bed Hagar, and Hagar had his son in short order. She got a little uppity with Sarai, having had the child Sarai wanted.
Sarai went after Abram like this was his idea. Guys, let’s all take a lesson from Abram; sex with anyone but your wife – even with the best intentions (did I actually just write that??) –won’t end well for you. Keep it in your tunic!
Cut to Genesis 21. Abram is 99 years old. Three travelers come to camp, God in His three Persons. Abram prevails on them to stay while he gets them a meal. Toward the conclusion of their visit, they reiterate God’s promise of fathering a great nation. Sarai, now well past her child-bearing years, sits inside the tent and laughs; yeah…that’ll happen!
One year later they have their son, Isaac. Twenty-five years after the original promise.
Being a human being and lacking patience, I’d be tempted to tell God that the whole Hagar thing never would’ve happened if He’d have been a little quicker on the trigger.
God’s correct answer would be to remind me that He is God. How about some faith?
What are you waiting for from God? I was waiting for work after having been laid off. We lost everything. I kept telling God that I trusted Him, so…when will “the cavalry” get here? It did indeed show up, but in God’s time.
When waiting on God, we all need to remember that our human clocks run a lot faster than God’s! Let’s make every effort to be prayerfully patient!