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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on God

August 9

(Genesis 17:15-16 NIV) ""God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. {16} 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.""

(Genesis 21:1 NIV) "Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised."

(Hebrews 11:11 NIV) "By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise."

Accepting God’s timing is usually difficult. But the reality is that God’s timing is always perfect. God does not make mistakes. Waiting on God stretches our faith, and that can be painful. Maybe that’s why most of us do our best to avoid waiting. Like Sarah did, we wiggle, and squirm, and connive, and manipulate to get our way. We pray that God will give us patience, but He will never give it to us. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, not a gift of the Spirit. It must be grown in us, and it grows through the discipline of waiting. Sarah struggled with waiting on God, and we will too. Hopefully, we can learn from the many crashes in our lives – crashes that happened because we ran ahead of God, alone in the darkness, and without His light. Sarah’s story proves that God can accomplish His plan, even through people with major flaws. That’s good news for us. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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