Our world is impatient. If we do not receive a text message back from someone within 30 seconds we become annoyed. And if we on iOS or Blackberry or Facebook Messenger, where we can see that the person has read our message, we become even more infuriated…
1 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Our world of microwave ovens, PVR’s, and instant messaging has made life immediate. That’s the best way to describe it. Life Immediate.
Trouble is, God isn’t interested in helping us live Life Immediate. He sent Jesus to the earth to offer us Life Abundant (John 10:10).
God told Abraham that he would become a great nation back when Abraham was 75 in Haran. Now 25 years later, we see in Genesis 21 that Isaac is born to Abraham at 100 and Sarah at the age of 90. Sarah puts it well in verse 7: whodathunk? Whodathunk that they would have a child?
God thunk. And he promised. And they were surprised when it happened. Why do we show surprise when God does what he says he will do? Because it doesn’t happen immediately. Life Abundant is on God’s schedule.
And when we try to shoe-horn God’s Life Abundant plan into our Life Immediate plan, we walk a path of frustration and impatience.
We can apply the patience of God for the timing of God to everything in our lives. Praying for God’s provision? Keep praying. Praying for your neighbour to believe Jesus? Keep praying. Waiting on a miracle? Keep waiting.
Wait and twiddle our thumbs? No. Wait and do things which you know are in keeping with God’s will. Not cutting corners to make it happen. Yet if you are waiting on a health miracle, you ought to be exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. If you are waiting on job, you ought to be putting out resumes. As long as we walk in step with the Spirit and refrain from sinning to see our answer, keep walking and keep waiting.
And don’t stop expecting. God sent his son for us to experience Life Abundant. Expect that God will provide it on his terms and his timing.