Waiting On God? You’re In Good Company!

Too often we focus on the “happily ever after” at the end of our trials; we hear the testimonies of those who walked through the flames and came out the other side unscathed and we see people praise God after battling cancer and being miraculously healed. What does this say about our love for God? Do we look past Him and see only what He can give us, or deliver us from? Is it possible that God Himself is better than being healed from sickness, better than children or a long awaited spouse, better than a new job or money or means? Yes, God is more than the light at the end of the tunnel; He is in the tunnel with you, urging you to push forward, to grow, to love Him more deeply, to know more of His true character. If you are in the middle of the desert right now, take heart, for you are in good company. The Bible is full of faithful servants who wait patiently on God. Here are just a few:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:1-3

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God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, but his wife Sarah was unable to have children. We know how the story ends: God blesses Sarah and Abraham with a son when she is 90 and he is 100. But what about all that time in between? There was a time when Abraham and Sarah lost sight of God’s promise, and Abraham had a son with Sarah’s handmaid, but this was not the child that God intended for Abraham. I’m sure there were plenty of times that seemed hopeless, but God was growing Abraham and Sarah’s faith. Finally, after enduring the pain of an empty womb, Sarah was filled with child, and we get these powerful words in Hebrews 6, “And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.”

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