Sunday, July 15, 2018

Abraham's 2nd Test--Waiting on the Lord

God tested Abraham’s faith in three different ways. His second test was to wait for the Lord to come through with His promise. God promised Abraham and Sarah they would have descendants that would become a great nation (Gen.12:1,7, 15:5). Of course, having descendants meant starting with a first child. Abraham was 75 years old and Sarah was 65 when God spoke the promise. It seemed impossible to start with, but God didn’t tell him they would have to wait for 25 years before the baby was born.

Sarah was the first woman in history to go through menopause before she got pregnant. “By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:11). Abraham was “fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Rom 4:21). When God fulfilled His promise, Sarah was 90 when she gave birth to Isaac and Abraham was 100.

God usually doesn’t answer our prayers quickly. The Lord is more concerned about you receiving His best than about how quickly you can get it. That means you’ll have to learn how to “wait upon the Lord.” David wrote, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7). “Waiting on the Lord” means there’s an unknown gap in time between when ask God for help and when His answer arrives. It’s during this waiting period that you’ll be the most tempted to give up on God.

Patience trusts God without giving Him a deadline to come through. Maybe you’ve been waiting for God to bring you a spouse. Perhaps you’ve prayed for something and nothing has happened. Just because you’ve waited a long time doesn’t mean the answer is no. I can tell you from experience that several times I’ve had to wait years for the Lord to come through—and what He provided was FAR better than I could have imagined. God reserves the very best for those who leave the choice with Him—and it’s worth the wait! 
       Next week we’ll look at his third test.

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