Sometimes our prayers can sound like letters of dis-contentment, agitated burn-out, confused truth, or words resembling a lover’s ultimatum……
Read my letter with a heart felt sense of urgency! I have been praying consistently and fervently for a long time. You promised to answer ME, satisfy ME, and provide for ME! I have been waiting patiently while enduring the long haul. Have You forgotten who You have called me to be? You said that I have found favor in your sight, so why have you not given me what I want? My heart aches and I am growing weak and weary waiting on your promises to be revealed. My prayers are bold and my sword is sharp so why are you withholding from ME?
If God were to return a handwritten love letter in response, I believe it would say….
I have a grand perspective! I LOVE YOU and As it is Written…. Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. ~JESUS
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
As with Sarai, the childless wife to Abram, she did not wait patiently on The Lord to receive His promise of a child. Instead, frustrated with God’s timing, she took it upon herself to meet her own exhausted needs, “fighting in her own strength”, so to speak. This choice revealed a lack of trust in God’s will which gave Satan a foothold to enter her vulnerable and emotional state of heart…..VERY DANGEROUS TERRITORY! As dark whispers (wrong voices) fueled her vain pursuit for a child, she followed through with what she heard and dismissed God’s command to WAIT ON THE LORD!
Genesis 16:2 “Abram, The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave (Hagar); perhaps I can build a family through her.”
Impatience is way too familiar in my own fast paced life of “instant everything”. Like Sarai, if I follow the path led by my emotions and undisciplined feelings of “NOW”, I can easily get tripped up in a flesh driven mind-set and somehow convince myself to over-ride God’s Word with my own. If I do this, my heart becomes unguarded and I am easy enemy prey!
1 Peter 5:8 Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
After Sarai’s plan was put into action and the baby concieved, she quickly felt the after-math of her choice to move ahead of God. Upon seeing Hagar with child, she became consumed with jealousy, anger, and resentment ….NONE of which comes from God! There was no peace for her or anyone else in this self induced plan…. just pain, hurt, fear, and brokenness.
To counteract these temptations of by-passing God’s timely plan, we must surrender to His Will and allow the time He requires to train us and get us ready to receive ALL that He has promised! He who promises is faithful!
In similar biblical lessons, Peter’s wild sword swinging and ear chopping (Mathew 26:51-54) demonstrated the exact same temptation and tendency to run ahead of God and take matters into his own hands. It’s that sort of compulsive un-controlled emotional state that can potentionally grow into fatal outcomes and destiny blockers. Instead of reacting wildly and from the flesh, give your frustration to God IN PRAYER! Trust in Him completely…..He has already made A WAY for all His promises to be realized, received, and known!
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am THE WAY and the truth and the life….”
Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Read more about Sarah in our “Learning From Their Example” series.
- Name Change – Cassandra
- Time Is Important – Tonya
- Betrayed – Cindy
Beth McMillan is a child of the Most High God. He calls me “bride to be” and sees that I have fallen in LOVE with His son, Jesus. Appropriately named, Beth translates “House of God”. I work for Jesus at McMillan Interiors displaying His Splendor. Word of God speak…a creative vessel.
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