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Morning Prayer, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: WHILE I WAIT

Father God, waiting is so hard sometimes but I know that You know best so help me learn to stand still.  Amen

Exodus 13:14; Isaiah 60:22; Hebrews 6:15

"Faith is trusting God even if you do not understand the way." All too often while we are waiting on God to move in a situation we sit around idly pressing our minds for answers.  Do you think that is what happened with Sarah whom God had promised a child, the reason that she said to Abraham, "Take my maidservant?"  What is your Sarah moment?  You know, while you were/are waiting on God to move in your situation, you get anxious and if too much time passes, you decide to move.  I know, me too.  I have had those times when I just got too antsy and so what is that saying "An idle mind gives room to the devil."  In Sarah's case, she hadn't gotten pregnant so just maybe God meant the baby would come through Hagar the maidservant.  How many "just maybe" moments have you had over your life?  God never tells us when He will move for us.  He just says "I will . . ."  Sometimes it is just hard to wait for "I will."  If God could give us a little clue as to when He will move, maybe we won't go off making bone-headed decisions that set us back days, months and even years.  Using the maidservant sounded good at the moment but who knew that Hagar would turn the tables and start to mock her master's wife after the child was born.  When Sarah could not stand the mocking anymore, she pretty much said to Abraham, "She's got to go!"  Abraham had no choice.  He had to put the maidservant Hagar and his son Ishmael out.  We cannot think we can make up God's mind about how He is going to bless us.  Yes, He told Abraham "I will make your ancestors as numerous as the stars in the sky" and yes, it didn't look like that would happen but remember, God didn't say when this would happen.  Just because you are older, someone is more qualified, time is running out does not mean it is the end.   While I wait, I have to keep that in mind, especially when I am wanting to run off and take matters into my own hands.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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