It’s Ash Wednesday! #Lent
Good Afternoon ❤️
Trusting God’s timing can be hard.
Trust me, I know. I feel God literally stretching me in my faith this season for one purpose – to trust Him.
Honestly, sometimes I want to just give up! Sometimes I get so distracted by a promise He has shown to me that I forget that I already have the Ultimate Promise (Jesus, salvation, eternity).
When I do this — it causes me to start to look ahead with my human eyes and to rush God’s timing. I easily slip into the world’s microwave mindset of “I want it now”. It causes me to attempt to try to do things within my own strength and will. It causes me to diminish my faith and trust in God because I don’t see something or a promise happening right away. I FORGET TO WAIT PATIENTLY.
At times we get stretched in our faith to see where and Who our trust and faith really stands. This is a daily walk on our spiritual journey.
Trusting God requires a lot of faith and obedience.
Faith demands something greater than trust, it actually requires a lot of patience.
Let’s read briefly — a biblical story about trusting God’s timing — a story where trust, faith, obedience and PATIENCE are highlighted.
Genesis 15: 4 (NLT): Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”
Genesis 17:19 (NLT): So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt.
Genesis 18 (NLT) – (A Son Is Promised to Sarah) : The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. 2 He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. 3 “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 4 Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. 5 And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.” 6 So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” 7 Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. 8 When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees. 9 “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked. “She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied. 10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” 13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.” But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”
16 Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way.
It is so easy to give up on things we can’t see. Sarah focused on her “biological clock” – with her human eyes she couldn’t understand how she was going to birth a son. She took things in her own hands and suggested that her husband sleep with the servant girl so that they could have the son they thought God had promised. Her lack of faith made her rely on her own strength. Her lack of patience brought about a counterfeit blessing!
Are we willing to settle for counterfeit blessings/promises because of our lack of faith?
Are we willing to settle for counterfeit blessings/promises because of our lack of patience?
Are we being impatient with the wait?
We must learn to trust God because it is impossible to please Him without faith!
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
I hope this encourages someone to rest in the Lord’s timing. I am currently doing so myself. Wait well – because when we wait well – we position ourselves for God’s promise
lots of love + blessings,
The Graced Citizen