Can’t You Hurry Up, God?

Lynn CowellBy LYNN COWELL

“But Sarai and Abram had no children. So Sarai took her maid, an Egyptian girl named Hagar, and gave her to Abram to be his second wife. ‘Since the Lord has given me no children,’ Sarai said, ‘you may sleep with my servant girl, and her children shall be mine.’ And Abram agreed.” Genesis 16:1-2 (TLB)

Why have you said, “No,” God?

The whole situation didn’t make sense. The job description fit me perfectly. And I just knew God had made me aware of that opportunity so I could move forward in my heart for ministry. Yet all the doors closed, and I couldn’t figure out why.

Weeks turned into years as the quicksand of discouragement pulled me under. I felt forgotten, and I often looked back on that lost opportunity with regret. Maybe there was something more I could have done to make it work? Why didn’t I try harder?

Time went on, and I was no closer to my dreams. I couldn’t understand why God kept me from that perfect position.

In today’s key verse, Sarai, Abram’s wife, was stuck too. God had promised them offspring — as many as the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5) — yet time was ticking. Sarai was growing older and worried she had yet to have a child.

Sarai may have believed she’d become invisible to God, and it was time to take matters into her own hands. She decided she wouldn’t wait any longer, so she devised a plan to get what she wanted.

And she got it, alright — a pregnancy plus a whole lot of trouble.

Sarai followed a common practice of her time and gave Hagar, her Egyptian slave, to Abram to become a surrogate mother. But her plan backfired. Hagar became pregnant and also a little haughty. With another person looking down on her barrenness, Sarai was more miserable than before.

If only she would have waited instead of manipulated.

Like Sarai, I had a hard time waiting on God. I couldn’t understand what was taking Him so long! Yet, when the perfect position opened down the road from my home, instead of a 1,000 miles away, like the other job, it all made sense.

So often now as I take my short drive to the office, I find myself very thankful I waited for God to provide.

If we can wait and not manipulate, God promises us He is always at work for our good (Romans 8:28). Even when the situation seems to be going the wrong way, we can trust that His way is best. We must be prayerful, wait and trust. Easier said than done, though, I know.

Yet when we wait and see God’s goodness come to past, we create a history with God, a repertoire of faith moments when we have seen God’s faithfulness. This foundation builds our faith in Him so we know we can trust Him again and again.

These stories, these faith-building encounters with God, are the same stories I share with my kids, helping them to trust God with their dreams for the future as well. Helping them also learn to wait and not manipulate.

Today, thank God for the times you have seen His faithfulness. If you are in a current struggle, pray for the patience to wait and not manipulate.

Lord, when life doesn’t go as planned, everything in me says, “Do something!” when You might be asking me to do nothing but wait. Give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances appear. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (NIV)

Psalm 130:5, “I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (NIV)

Isaiah 30:18, “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Do you know a young woman who needs to wait and not manipulate? Lynn Cowell’s Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants would be a good resource to give her.

Stop by Lynn’s blog today where she shares a beautiful download for those difficult times of waiting.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
How have you been tempted to manipulate a situation in your life instead of prayerfully waiting for God to move?

Choose one of the verses above to have on hand when your mind wants to start planning instead of praying for God to move.

© 2015 by Lynn Cowell. All rights reserved.

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2 thoughts on “Can’t You Hurry Up, God?

  1. Thank you for your Hurry up God blog. In Nov 2002 I was divorced just after my husband and I adopted two children . It’s been a hard lonely road ever since but I know who walks with me and carries me at times .God has blessed me in so many areas of my life but one.. To find love again I am so lonely . I have prayed and cried and even begged God to bring someone into my life to walk this ole earth with me . I don’t understand why he hasn’t . He even said it’s not good to be alone . I have been patient for so long I am starting to wonder will I ever have that love again? Thank you Vicki

    1. Hey Vicki, I’m glad you liked the blog post. I’m sorry to hear about the divorce and how painful it is and has been. The good news is that with Jesus you are never alone! Also, according to Matthew 24 in the Bible, all signs are fulfilled for the return of Christ. It’s all here. Earthquake uptick is huge and growing every day as well. These riots in the United States are lawlessness. Jesus is coming very soon. I had absolutely no idea the lateness of the hour here on earth…then God woke me up this past winter. For the longest time I’d been focusing on going back to school and beginning a new career. Turns out I actually don’t have time. There’s a lot of military activity going on/drills worldwide. Jade Helm is coming up this summer here in the U.S. We’re about to see times like we’ve never seen before.
      I pray your heart will be healed and your spirit comforted. It won’t be long ’til He’ll be wiping away all the tears from our eyes. Any second of any day now that sky is gonna part like a scroll.
      God bless you, dear! 🙂

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