sarai: restless in the wait

from the sarai: restless in the wait reading plan

BY Sarah Matheny

Text: Genesis 12:10-20; Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 16:1-6

Oh, Sarai. I see myself in you.

You want to be obedient to God’s plan. You not only say “yes” to the things He calls you to do, you get excited about them. Fired up. A little too fired up. Because then, “fired up” becomes restless. Restless becomes impatient. And suddenly—though well-intentioned and innocently enough—God’s plans become our plans.

Why should we wait? Maybe God’s plan is flawed or He’s just busy. Why can’t we just solve the problem ourselves?

Sarai, tired of waiting for God to carry out His plan and blaming Him for the delay, decided, as we all so often do, to take matters into her own hands.

“The Lord has kept me from having children… perhaps I can build a family….”  (Genesis 16:2, NIV)

This—this distrust for God’s plan and His timing, this need to take control, this manipulation of circumstances to fit our “needs” instead of His will—this is when disaster happens.

We may persuade others to come along in our plan instead of His. (Genesis 16:2, NIV)

We may blame everyone else for the problems that truly stemmed from our own lack of faith, our own manipulation, our own insecurity from what is happening in our lives. (Genesis 16:5, NIV)

We may turn from living as loving, trusting faithful followers, to plotting, envious and abusive schemers. (Genesis 16:6b, NIV).

Here we thought saying “yes” to God’s call was the hard part, but it’s not.  Like the song says, “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Know, sisters, He will wait with you if you ask. He will sustain your faith. He will assure you that He is in control. He has a plan and it’s not ours to figure out. He will turn your restlessness into rest. Rest in Him.


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  1. USG Wrocław says:

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  2. Great article. Thanks for sharing

  3. Lynne says:

    Good morning Ladies. I realize that many of you have moved on and have the insight of this whole series therefore will probably not come back to this. While reading through your prayers and words, I am blessed by your prayers, insight, and situations. Thank you. Thank God. I have also been reflecting on how impatient and implusive I am. I am grateful God does not treat me like a frustrated parent because like Sarai I do things without his guidance and get angryat the results. Recently a friend told me before hedoes anything he asks God if it is his will then waits for Gods answer. I argue my point that God gives us free will so we should ask then proceed. Then my conviction came throughrestlessness and discourse so I began to reflect on times I asked God for permission then waited compare to the times when I “ran it by him”. How distressing it was. Especially when I ignored him asking me to hold on a bit longer and me justifying my actions by saying operating by faith. I could give you many instances but it would take all year.

    I just wanted to thank you and send you love, I thank God again for you and pray his blessings on you,your families,and your situations and circumstances.

  4. Shashina Brooks says:

    They that wait on The Lord…I am an impatient person and I sympathize with Sarai in genesis 16:1-6. I want what God has in store for me but I want it at my time. There is a song that says “He’s an on time God…may not come when you want him, but he’ll be there right on time” this passage is trying to teach us impatient people that nothing will happen until God makes it so. We must wait on him and ask for rest in our waiting.

  5. Dee says:

    Hi sisters in Christ I have only joined and been reading this website for a couple of days and I love the discussions I love reading the replies from the sisters in Christ and what they have been going through and what they are going through it makes me wonder if they can wait and cope and trust God why can't I? I waited for a certain things from the Lord a couple of years ago and because I was inpatient I decided to do things myself and not wait on my heavenly father I now feel that due to me not waiting and having patience and waiting on the Lord I am now waiting even longer, and due to this I feel my family is now suffering. At the moment my last two daughters are really not into the Lord that much especially my last one were I am having a lot more trouble. At the moment we (church) are on a fast for 21 days and I am praying that the Lord changes her heart and her mind set to be a loving child before she became whAt she is now pray for me my sisters in Christ as I prayer for you love you all Dee xx

  6. Robbie says:

    My life has been in a season or restlessness. So much so, I named my daughter Sarai Rose to remind me of God’s love for me through waiting. My husband and I have been in praying with the Lord for many things and yet, no answer, yet. I don’t want to take matters into my own hands, because I’ll mess everything up. As I read yesterday, when you disobey it results in a delay. Now, I feel as through my disobedence I’ve delayed certain outcomes for my family. Through these readings I’ve been able to renew my mind and established that waiting is for my good!

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