Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Don't Worry, Just Wait!

"And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai." Genesis 16:2
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You know I was just thinking...if the pages of the bible saw as many eye balls as the faces of a clock, this world would be a better place. You think about how much we as people worry about the time, especially us here in America where we live such busy, goal-chasing lives. And things like microwave meals and high speed internet have caused us to grow accustomed to not having to wait.

If you hate waiting too, don't feel bad. You're in pretty good company in your impatience. Even Abraham and Sarah, whose names are forever written in God's holy word, got tired of waiting too. See God made a covenant [or a very serious promise] with Abraham that if he would have the faith the obey Him and uproot his family and leave his home and go to an unknown place through an unknown way, then God would bless him with more land than he'd ever see and more ancestors than he could ever count. The thing about it that called for Abraham's faith was that he had to just leave before God would tell him where he was going, and he had to believe that God would create a great nation out of him though he was old and childless. But Abraham obviously had faith in his heart and in his feet because he started walking.

The problem came when Abraham and his wife Sarah had to wait. And when I say wait, I mean wait. From the time when Abraham left his home to the time his son Isaac was born was about 25 years. Wait...what...is that right?...25 YEARS?! I get bent out of shape sometimes if I have to wait 25 minutes. 

Well, though Abraham and Sarah are like the first family of faith in the bible, they reacted like we sometimes do when we have to wait. After some time, they got tired of waiting and decided to try to speed up God's process and take matters into their own hands. Long story short, Sarah told her husband to go and sleep with their maid Hagar and produce a son for them through her; like a good, obedient husband he said "yes mam"; she got pregnant...Sarah got jealous...after the son is born Sarah said they both had to go. 

So what are you waiting for? Hey, how about take your eyes of the clock for a moment so you can learn a lesson from this story. You'll see that Abraham and Sarah will remind us to be careful not to let our waiting to turn into impatience and our impatience to lead to desperation. Because desperation often leads to bad decisions. Yes I know, waiting will test your patience. But if you trust God, it will also strengthen your faith. If God has you waiting for something, He's doing it for a reason, and it's a really good one. Let God use this time to prepare you for what you're waiting for. It's not about Him getting it ready for you, He's getting you ready for it.  So stop staring at your watch...Don't Worry! Just wait!

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