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November 7, 2013

November 7, 2013

John Christian Frederick Heyer,
missionary to India, died 1873 

"The Waiting is the Hardest Part -Part 1" 

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had born him no children…so she said to Abram, ‘The Lord has kept me from having children.  Go; sleep with my maid servant, perhaps I can build a family through her.’  Abram agreed to what Sarai said.” Genesis 16: 1 & 2

Sarai and Abram had a problem.  God had told them they were going to have a family, a huge family, yet, here they were getting older and not one child was in sight.  How could they possibly have more descendants than the stars in the sky in the state they were in?  

Sarai waited, and waited and waited for God to provide that first descendent to answer her prayers, to make good on His promise, but nothing happened.  Can you imagine how great the tension and frustration must have been?   

Like all of us, Sarai began to wonder if God would ever answer her prayers or if He had forgotten about her.  She questioned if God knew what He was doing.  Have you ever wondered the same things?   

It appears that Sarai’s thoughts walked as far as her faith would carry her until she stood looking at the mountains of her fear.  Didn’t God understand?  How could He not be on her side? 

Even as she acknowledged God’s ability to fulfill the promise – “the Lord has kept me from having any children…” she denied God’s sovereignty to decide when the promise would be fulfilled.  Here’s where the devil would creep in.   

And so, like most of us, she took it upon herself to solve her problem.  Would you do that?  Would you break with God?  What does manipulating an answer to our prayers say about our belief in God’s character? Join us tomorrow for the continuation of the story.   

Peace in the Lord, 

Pastor Don