“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently… in the same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness.”
Romans 8:25-26

It can be challenging when we have to wait for things that we desire in life.  We do not always understand God’s ways, God’s timing or God’s plans for us.

I have often been encouraged when I read about Abraham and Sarah who faced a challenge when they had to wait for the promise of a son.  You can read about that in Genesis 15:4, when God told Abraham at the age of 75, “… a son coming from your own body will be your heir”.   However they waited many years and the promise remained unfulfilled.  Had God forgotten?

“Abraham fell face down, he laughed and said to himself, ‘will a son be born onto a man a hundred years old?  Well Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Genesis 17:17.

 As humans we are weak and we often doubt that things will happen for us when they are taking a long time.  God understands that we are weak, and that sometimes we don’t understand Him, this is why he provides the Holy Spirit to help us in times of weakness. We need to call on Him because God is able to provide us with the strength we need in order to wait patiently for him to answer our prayers.

At the age of one hundred Abraham became a father and Sarah was 90!  God himself said

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14.

Let us continue to remind ourselves that nothing is too hard for the Lord to do.  Whatever you are facing remember, if God can answer the prayers of Abraham and Sarah he can answer that prayer for you too. 

Continue to put your hope in God and wait patiently.