Who likes to wait? We spend our lives in a fast paced world and we spend our lives running here and there. Waiting in lines at a grocery store or getting your oil change or even waiting for the light to change while driving. And there are times when we wish we could just stop. We want to just slow down. I am reminded of the story of Sarah and Abraham. Let's look at it.
God promised Abraham, he would have a son. When God came and told Abraham, Sarah was listening in the tent. Sarah was old. She was thinking, what? I want a child but I am too old. She actually laughed! Genesis 18: 9-15. 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.”
Have you ever thought I am too old to have what God has promised? And then you have to wait? Are you kidding I have to wait? I don't like to wait!
Sometimes waiting can be so hard. We have all had moments in our lives when we wonder if we heard God correctly. So we wait.. and wait.. Do you get in a hurry and try to rush God or go before Him? Sarah did. She went ahead of God and had Abraham have a child with her hand servant. But that was not the promise God spoke to her and Abraham.
Waiting is hard! But God's promises remain true even in the waiting period. Sarah realized God's promises years later when she began pregnant with Isaac. She then understood God's promise.Her journey was filled with doubt and wonder but yet God remained faithful to His word. I can only imagine Sarah saying, God, I'm sorry I didn't wait with expectation! Psalm 5:3 says In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
So what do we need to do while we wait? Slow down and listen to God. Read His Word. Stay faithful. Just because you haven't seen His promise does not mean it isn't coming! God remains faithful in our waiting. He wants us to experience His peace even while we wait.