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.