Losing Patience With God
So Sarai said to Abram, “The LORD has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. - Genesis 16:2-3
One of my greatest struggles is being patient with God. I know His will is perfect but His timing on the execution of His will really drives me crazy sometimes.
Over the past few years I've come to understand that you cannot just say, God's will is perfect and leave out saying anything about His timing. The proper affirmation and praise of the LORD is to say, God your will and timing are perfect. To leave out the timing element is limiting the magnificence and omniscience of the LORD.
When I forget this I make terrible mistakes and sin the way Abram and Sarai did in Genesis 16. Frustrated with the timing of the LORD carrying through on His promise to deliver Abram and Sarai a son, they agree to have Abram sleep with her servant and get her pregnant so that Abram will have an heir.
On the surface this requests sounds so stupid and ridiculous to anyone in a first world culture or society. To Sarai though this was not unusual for their culture but it was against the will of God and had horrible repercussions that she could not have imagined. Abram, allowing his human nature to drive his response to Sarai's request, agrees with no argument, and probably rather quickly, to have sex with his wife's servant.
Through their actions, Sarai and Abram created a deep wound in their marriage, alienated a child from his father, created enmity between friends, and change the geo-political landscape for an entire line of people throughout history. (Genesis 16)
Today, I'm reminded that all of my choices have consequences and when I fail to trust in the LORD and have patience with Him, those consequences can impact more than just myself - my heart - and my relationship with the LORD.
The people I love and serve are watching the decisions I make. They are watching to see if this "faith thing" is for real with me. When I choose to step outside of faith - out of life in the spirit - and take control, I let them down. My actions say more about my relationship with LORD than anything else. And because I am their leader I risk them following my poor example.
I must remember that the LORD's will and his timing are perfect. I don't need to stress, push my agenda, or speed up a timeline. When the LORD makes a promise, gives me a calling, reveals a purpose, he is faithful to deliver.
LORD, I know that your will and timing are perfect. Help me not to lose patience with you. Remind me of what happens when I do, remind me of your omniscience and sovereignty so that I can find peace in waiting on you. Holy Spirit, give me a spirit that can be at peace while still being proactive in my service and praise of you. Jesus, teach me to accept the perfect timing and will of our Father, just as you did in the Garden of Gethsemane, Amen.
Questions To Consider
- In what situations do you find yourself losing patience with the LORD?
- Do the people you love and lead see your faithfulness through your patience?
- How can you create reminders to help you trust in the LORD instead of taking matters into your own hands?
Make it a great day!