Have you ever grown tired of waiting for God to reveal His plan for your life? Or perhaps you already know His plan, but you are waiting for Him to open all the right doors or provide all the necessities. Have you prayed for something within God’s will, yet grown weary while waiting on His answer? Well, my friend, if anyone can relate to what you’re going through, it’s Abraham.
In Genesis 12, God calls Abraham to leave his home and extended family and set out for a place that will only be made known to him in God’s time. With these instructions, Abraham also receives a promise: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2) Strange words, especially considering that Abraham, at the ripe old age of 75, had no children.
Despite his confusion, Abraham follows the Lord’s command. Step by step, year after year, Abraham yields to the Lord, waiting expectantly for the day when he and his wife, Sarah, will have a child. Yet, after ten years and three more promises from the Lord that Abraham would have an heir, Sarah is still barren and Abraham is confused.
And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:2-6)
Technically, by the Jewish standards of the day, any child born into Abraham’s household would be considered his heir. So, Abraham asks the Lord for clarification, perhaps thinking that he had clung to false hopes for the past ten years. The Lord, in his great love and mercy, explains to Abraham exactly what he has planned. The child to be born would be Abraham’s child, not his servant’s. Satisfied with this answer, Abraham believed that God would bring it to pass.
Unfortunately, Sarah had other plans. She, too, had waited for ten years for God to fulfill His promise of giving them a child, and frankly, she was tired of waiting. And so, she did what so many of us do when we grow weary of waiting on God—she began to make plans of her own. Desperate for an heir, Sarah convinces Abraham to lie with her servant, Hagar. In a momentary lapse of good judgment, Abraham concedes. Hagar becomes pregnant, and a mess beyond belief is set into motion. All because Sarah refused to wait on God’s perfect timing.
Waiting is not easy, and it is certainly not pleasant. But if God has placed us in one of life’s many waiting rooms, He has a purpose behind it. He is not being cruel. He doesn’t enjoy watching us writhe in misery as we await the things for which we’ve longed. He loves us, and part of that love demands that He do right by us, no matter how much we may not enjoy the process. Waiting is a valuable part of our growth.
God will keep His promises. We needn’t worry about that. As for the wait, well, we must keep in mind that Sarah’s impatience affected far more than just herself and her family. Our impatience will do the same, and I don’t think any of us wants that.
Are you growing weary with waiting? Do you have any advice on how to make the waiting process a little easier?