The Waiting Is the Hardest Part, Part 1

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children . . . so she said to Abram, ‘The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.’ Abram agreed to what Sarai said” (Genesis 16:1–2 NIV).

(This guest devotional is by Jon Walker, author of ‘Growing with Purpose,’ and editor of the Purpose Driven Life On-line Devotionals.)

And so Sarai took it upon herself to solve God’s problem. After all, God told Sarai’s husband, Abram, that he’d have a huge family, more descendants than there are stars in the sky (Genesis 15).

Sarai waited and waited for God to provide their first descendant, to answer her prayers, to make good on his promise--but the baby didn’t come. Every day, the tension and the frustration mounted. As that great theologian and musician, Tom Petty, sings: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Like me--perhaps like you--Sarai began to wonder if God would ever answer her prayers or if he had forgotten about her. Perhaps--like you, like me--Sarai questioned whether God really knew what he was doing.

It appears Sarai’s thoughts walked as far as her faith would carry her until she stood looking at the mountains of her fear. Did God understand how important this was to her? How could God deny her the greatest desire of her heart? Was God even on her side?

Even as Sarai acknowledged God’s ability to fulfill the promise--“The LORD has kept me from having any children . . . ”--she denied God’s sovereignty to decide when the promise would be fulfilled.

If we could ask Sarai, “Can God?” she most likely would answer “Yes.” If we then asked Sarai, “Will God?” her honest answer may have been “No.”

When faced with a delayed answer, do you break with God? What does manipulating an answer to our prayers say about our belief in God’s character?

Jon Walker can be found on Facebook at ‘GraceCreates with Jon Walker. This devotional is copyrighted 2009 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children . . . so she said to Abram, ‘The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.’ Abram agreed to what Sarai said” (Genesis 16:1–2 NIV).

(This guest devotional is by Jon Walker, author of ‘Growing with Purpose,’ and editor of the Purpose Driven Life On-line Devotionals.)

And so Sarai took it upon herself to solve God’s problem. After all, God told Sarai’s husband, Abram, that he’d have a huge family, more descendants than there are stars in the sky (Genesis 15).

Sarai waited and waited for God to provide their first descendant, to answer her prayers, to make good on his promise--but the baby didn’t come. Every day, the tension and the frustration mounted. As that great theologian and musician, Tom Petty, sings: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Like me--perhaps like you--Sarai began to wonder if God would ever answer her prayers or if he had forgotten about her. Perhaps--like you, like me--Sarai questioned whether God really knew what he was doing.

It appears Sarai’s thoughts walked as far as her faith would carry her until she stood looking at the mountains of her fear. Did God understand how important this was to her? How could God deny her the greatest desire of her heart? Was God even on her side?

Even as Sarai acknowledged God’s ability to fulfill the promise--“The LORD has kept me from having any children . . . ”--she denied God’s sovereignty to decide when the promise would be fulfilled.

If we could ask Sarai, “Can God?” she most likely would answer “Yes.” If we then asked Sarai, “Will God?” her honest answer may have been “No.”

When faced with a delayed answer, do you break with God? What does manipulating an answer to our prayers say about our belief in God’s character?

Jon Walker can be found on Facebook at ‘GraceCreates with Jon Walker. This devotional is copyrighted 2009 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

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