Abraham believed God would give them a child (Genesis 15:6), but after ten years of waiting he went along with his wife Sarahs’ suggestion to take a second wife, Hagar, Sarah’s maid, and have a child with her (Genesis 16:1-4). Does that mean that Abraham and Sarah didn’t have any faith? Maybe they thought God wanted them to do something to help bring the promise to fulfilment?
We often do not clearly understand God’s ways, or God’s plan. This, and our impatience, can cause us to take matters in our own hands and make a mess in the process. Things are not always as simple as we would like them to be. Or maybe it’s really very simple – we need to leave things alone and allow God to deal with them when He’s ready. In practice, that’s not so easy to do.
When we realise that tests and problems must be expected in life maybe it will help us to have courage. Like doing exercise, it will be difficult at each new level, but gradually we become fitter and stronger over time. So let us keep focused and persevere.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
(James 1:2-4, NIV).
From the book In the Waiting room – finding hope and inspiration when facing disappointment, by Paula J Campbell.
Copyright ©Paula J Campbell 2016