Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan [Genesis 16:3]
The promise for the future had been told. Abram had heard it, received it and believed it. Yet nothing seemed to be happening. There was no evidence that the future God had spoken of was actually going to come about.
What we would do in this situation? We become anxious, nervy, impatient, worried, maybe a little bit frustrated. We wave our fist at God and ask Him what He is up to. Maybe we get an answer, maybe we don’t. Worst case scenario, we give up on God altogether and walk away before any answer has had an opportunity to appear.
We are one step away from greatness. When we walk with Jesus into our future we are possibly one step away from doing incredible things for Him. However, we are just as easily one step away from an act of stupidity. One step from making ourselves invisible for God.
Abram and Sarai had the promise for the future but that doesn’t make it easy. Waiting for what you know is right can be tough. Here are 5 things that I think we can learn from their experience so we don’t act the same way…
TRUST GOD COMPLETELY. If God has said He will do it, then we need to be able to trust completely that He will. This means trusting Him even when the timescale doesn’t match our own or when things look different to how we imagined.
COURAGEOUSLY TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME. Faith takes courage. Walk into the future one step at a time. Remember that the steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord. Hold your ground and don’t compromise the word of God.
LEARN SOME PATIENCE. In our ’now’ culture we are not happy to wait, yet God often asks us to. Patience is evidence of God at work in our lives. The Bible tells us that it is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Patience is not weakness but strength. It’s a part of keeping your faith in God. Don’t be a hurry for the right result to come from God.
DON’T FORCE THE FUTURE. Impatience can lead to mistakes. Impatience can lead to a lack of self control or in this instance with Abram and Sarai, impatience led to them playing their part in making the future happen. Good doesn’t always mean it’s God. When we keep trusting, stay courageous and remain patient, we are less likely to force things to happen.
ADMIT WHEN WE GET IT WRONG. The toughest thing to do sometimes. Let’s be honest though, we will get it wrong. We will try and be God in our lives and make an answer happen. Best thing to do is admit the mistake. There may still be consequences but by getting ourselves out of the way again, we make space for God to bring the answer He had promised in the first place.