By faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. – Hebrews 11:11 NIV
You’ve heard the saying, “timing is everything.” There is some truth to this statement. For example, you don’t ask for a raise when the company is not doing well.
Timing is important in cooking. Spaghetti noodles can either be over cooked or under done.
Timing is important in our spiritual life also. Jeremiah 29:11 states: for I know the plans I have for you… I imagine the plan He has for us also comes with some sort of time table.
Jesus was very aware of the timing God had for his life. The book of John records several examples of Jesus’ timing.
- John 2:4 “My time has not come yet.”
- John 7:6 “The right time for me has not yet come.”
- John: 7:30; 8:20 “His time had not yet come”
Jesus was aware of the importance of timing but Sarah grew tired and impatient causing her to doubt God. The Lord had promised her a son and after years of not seeing that promise become a reality she found herself in a desperate situation.
Unable to bear children she arranged for her husband to sleep with her maid, Hagar in hopes of conceiving the promised child. She was only seeing a smaller portion of a much bigger picture. She was so focused on the fact that she was without child she forgot God’s promises are true. He doesn’t make a promise and not see it through to completion.
As a result of this arrangement Ishmael was born. But he was not the promised child that God had promised Abraham and Sarah. In Genesis 17:16 God tells Abraham…
“I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her,”
Imagine the heartache on Sarah’s face when her plan failed and she realizes she is right back where she started from.
The more I read about Sarah, I felt a strong connection with her. She found herself in a desperate situation to which she saw no way out except by taking matters into her own hands.
Have you found yourself in similar situations?
We have this mentality of wanting things now and rushing the end result. We begin questioning God when it takes longer than we are willing to wait. When? God when? How much longer? I don’t know if I can wait much longer. This is taking too long. This reminds me of a three year old sitting in his car seat looking out the window and asking his parents’: “Are we there yet?”
Are you waiting for God to fulfill a promise? Are you dissatisfied with the lack of progress? Don’t be discouraged by your holding pattern. Just like an airplane makes several 360 degree turns to avoid other aircraft or waits for clearance to land. Think of it as God is keeping you from making the same mistake and you’ve haven’t been given permission to land.
Read more about Sarah in our “Learning From Their Examples” series.
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.