May 16, 2012


            Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, See here, the Lord has restrained me from bearing [children]. I am asking you to have intercourse with my maid; it may be that I can obtain children by her. And Abram listened to and heeded what Sarai said (Genesis 16:1-2) (AMP).
            In our life we will be ready to do anything, because we do not feel any pain in doing them, but there is one thing that we feel very painful when we got to do that, and that is “WAITING”. Yes, the thing which we do not like to do and we want to solve it at any cost. But sometimes our involvement in God’s things will get us into great pain than the pain we have when we are to wait for them. As we have discussed recently that we want everything instantly, but God will never give anything instantly. It take time to come true what God has promised, but there is an assurance from Bible that, when God starts doing things in our life He will do them swiftly (Isaiah 60:22). We may see few things getting delayed in our life, but God forecasts the benefits of those things in our life even after so many years we receive them, but sometimes when we start using our own wisdom and act upon it, then we get failed in that. Bible has a great example about the people those who couldn't wait upon God and they have faced problems with their own involvement in them.
            God called Abram (Abraham) out of his nation and was taking to a new land that was promised by God. His wife Sarai was a barren woman and she was not able to bear children to Abraham, Sarai knows the sovereignty of the LORD that only the LORD gives children. But she used her own understanding and wisdom, and advised Abraham to get Hagar, the maid servant of Sarai as wife and have children through her, and Abraham agreed with her proposal. By doing this Sarai has denied the promise of God in their life. God’s sovereignty was denied by these couple. Sarai wanted to resolve the problem of Abraham’s childless life. God’s promise to Abram was that he will have descendants, and they will be like the stars of the sky which is beyond counting (Genesis 15:5), Abram believed the LORD, but Sarai could not believe the LORD as her husband does, so she had pain in her heart, she was thinking exactly as we think of God’s promises in our life. Sarai was thinking on the human grounds and she came with her own idea for the problem that she and Abram was having in their life.
            When God called Abram (Abraham), God knew Sarai as well. God saved her from the Egyptian king Pharaoh’s hands (Genesis 12:16-20). But the same Sarai who has experienced the deliverance of God could not trust that God is able to do what He said. When we start resolving the issues on our own we may commit things against God. King Saul could not wait for Samuel any longer and started sacrificing the offerings, the result of his own decision is he has lost God’s anointing upon him and he lost his kingdom (1 Samuel 13:8-14). Let us examine ourselves are we walking in the way Sarai and King Saul has walked, or are we able to wait upon God? Bible promises those whoever waits upon God, there strength will be renewed by God (Isaiah 40:31). God will never stop us doing something on our own understanding to resolve the issues that we need to wait for God, but the result will be the more delay than we expect for the things to happen. However the waiting is the hardest part, we should not take it into our own hands to resolve the issues that God only could do. This is what Bible says; “I do believe, help me to overcome this unbelief” (Mark 9:24), ask God to help you. Wait upon God and be renewed in strength.
            GOD BLESS YOU
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