Sometimes when God gives us a dream, we do not see even the beginning of the dream being fulfilled for years. This can be difficult for even the most patient person! If we are not careful, we may find ourselves "helping" God move that dream along; however, that isn't how God works. God knows the right time and place to start the process and we are far better off waiting for Him to get things going. For most of this week, I have been reading through Genesis 15 when God promised Abram many descendants and that he would inherit the land. We are told that Abram believed God and that God credited him as righteous. But we are going to see how Abram and Sarai decided that it was time to get moving on the promise for descendants and see what the results were. Please read Genesis 16:1-6.
We don't know how long Abram waited after receiving the promise from God, but we do know that this part of his story came 10 years after he came back to Caanan. He could have easily told Sarai that he wasn't going to take Hagar as his wife, but he chose to listen to Sarai's advice. I cannot imagine how difficult it had to be for Abram to wait so long for a child and have a promise from God and see how you and your wife are getting too old to have children. At this point in life, most people would consider it unthinkable to have children. So, why not do it in a way that seemed more logical? The problem is that wasn't what God's plan was. Instead it created resentment and hurt for both Sarai and Hagar.
God doesn't need our help to do what He says He will do. He may use us as a part of His plan, but He doesn't need us to make things work. Maybe you have a dream that God has given you and you still do not see the beginning of the dream in sight. Don't give up hope; be encouraged! God's timing is so much better than ours and when we start trying to make things work out before God's timing we will just cause more problems for ourselves. It is so hard to wait when you know God gave you a dream, but it is so worth waiting! When we wait, we have the blessing to see God move in a way that we would have never imagined. Psalm 37:7 says, "Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes." Even when things don't seem to be going in the direction toward our dreams, we can still trust God's timing. We are told to be patient and wait for Him to act because we know that He is greater than anything.
Does God have you waiting? Be encouraged, He always keeps His promises!
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.