I was listening to a sermon recently on Abraham and Sarah, and their journey of faith. It was a pretty long journey, if you think about it. Besides the whole “leave-your-country-and-go-wherever-I-show-you” part at the beginning, God also promised countless descendants to an old couple with no kids. Do you know how long it was from when God first promised Abraham a son to when Isaac was born? A year? Five years? Nope. It was 25 years! That is longer than some of you have been alive.
When we read about Sarah giving Abraham her servant, Hagar, to “help God out” with His plan, it’s easy to think she was being impatient, and she really should have known better. But by that point, Sarah had already waited 10 years…from age 65 to age 75. Perhaps she began to feel that she was the problem. If it wasn’t for her inadequacy, God could fulfill His promise to her husband. Perhaps if she was out of the picture…
Have you ever felt like that? You hear about all these great plans God is supposed to have for you, and you might even hear God’s call very specifically. When you first hear that call or recognize the dreams God seems to be planting in your heart, you are excited. You are ready. You believe anything is possible. But then you have to wait. And wait. And wait.
Somewhere in all the waiting, you can get disoriented and start believing that maybe your weaknesses or inadequacies are greater than an all-powerful God. This is a lie. The truth is that the greater our inadequacy, the greater God’s glory when He fulfills His promise.
Think about it: Which makes you more likely to believe in an all-powerful God? Seeing a 27 year-old pregnant woman or a 90 year-old pregnant woman? Seeing an armed giant take down another giant, or a kid with some rocks take down a giant?
In reality, your decision to trust God in the waiting is not fully about you. It’s about God. Sometimes He waits for the right amount of impossible so that His glory will shine through even more. Yes, you might trip and fall along the way, like Abraham and Sarah, but God is not even limited by our mistakes. As you keep trusting, He will see you through to the end, and you can know it will be more than worth it.
Faith is not a leap; it’s a marathon. Keep waiting, keep running, and keep your faith in His Word until at last you see His promises fulfilled.
“We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back.” – Heb. 12:1 (NCV)
*Once or twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written by Andrea Keele, and sent on January 28, 2016.