The Wait Of Faith

Abraham has always been a great example for me. I frequently turn to Romans 4. I love the wording that Paul used to describe Abraham’s stance. We know, from the Old Testament account, that his wife devised a plan to help God out.

Genesis 16:2 says, “So Sarai said to Abram, See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her. And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.”

The whole world continues to experience the consequences of her scheming. What consequences are you living in because you went ahead of God? Galatians 6:8 says, “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption…”

I want to focus on Abraham’s faith. Romans 4:17 says, “(as it is written, I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

Verse 19 says, “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” Let me recap verse 17: Our Creator God gives life to the dead.

Time was not an obstacle for the Lord for them nor is it for us. He exists outside of time. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

Psalm 31:15 says, “My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from them who persecute me.” David’s prayer is a good one for us to adopt ~ especially as we wait.

The enemy of our soul is pushy. He will try to get us to act independently of God. He will bombard us with thoughts that can only be stopped through faith. Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

Romans 4:20 says, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief…” Wavering, according to James 1:6-8, causes us to be unstable. Our stability comes through standing in truth which fortifies our heart to stand in absolute trust.

God’s timing is impeccable! It is never altered by man in any way shape or form. God’s word is eternal and settled. 1 Peter 1:25 says, “But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

What happened with Saul’s thought process that caused him to lose his kingdom? 1 Samuel 13:8 says that he waited seven days. Samuel didn’t show up when Saul expected. He took matters into his own hands. Verse 10 says that as soon as he carried out his own plan Samuel showed up. Verse 14 was the edict that his kingdom was done.

The thoughts of ‘do it now’ will come. We need to be ready to stand. Ephesians 6:13 says, “…having done all, to stand.”  We stand in the grace that has been given to us through our salvation. We wait in humility, knowing that we cannot move forward without the Lord.

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