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November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

"The Waiting is the Hardest -Part 3"

“God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”Genesis 17: 15 – 16

Just like us, Sarai and Abram may have thought, “God doesn’t understand our circumstances. His commandments are good guidelines, but they simply don’t work well in the nitty-gritty of life. And so Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. But this was not the child of promise. This was a child born by very natural means.

Yet, the promise had been that Sarai would be the one to deliver a son to Abram, not Hagar. So the waiting continued, long after reaching the point of desperate frustration, the place where you say, “God, I can’t go on any longer!”

You’ve probably been there, most of us have been at one time or another. Like the widow knocking on the judge’s door, you’ve prayed day and night but the shutters stay closed and the door remains shut (Luke 18). Sarai and Abram knocked on that door for another 14 years.

And while Abram and Sarai waited, God made a covenant with them, changing his name to Abraham, “father of many.” Sarai’s name became Sarah. God told her she would be the “mother of nations” and among her offspring would be kings.

And then, in their old age, when all hope was past and all likelihood gone, she became pregnant. Now they saw their dependence on God, not because they’d obediently submitted everything to God, but became they’d exhausted every possibility. He was the only one who could fulfill the promise.

And that’s why God sometimes delays. He’s waiting for us to be ready for Him. It was now, in this foreign land, that she would become a mother. She and Abraham became a mom and dad.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don