In a time of delay we try to take matters into our own hands and we get in trouble. We try to help God out. It’s frustrating to be in a hurry and GOD isn’t. GOD is never in a hurry. The Bible says with HIM, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. HE’s larger than time. One of the most useless things to try to do is to speed up GOD.
Just a thought from the front porch…
I read of an economist who read these words and got excited.
“LORD – is it true that a thousand years for us is just like a minute to YOU?”
“Then a million dollars to us must be a penny to you.”
“Lord would you give me one of those pennies?”
“All right. Wait a minute.”
When you get impatient you start trying to work it out yourself. You get a dream from GOD, make the decision to go for it, and then when the delay comes and it’s not fast enough for you, so you start trying to figure out ways of doing GOD’s dream on your own. You start trying to force the issue.
I lived in Las Vegas for 15 years. That is what that town is built on. Put a quarter into a machine and all of your problems get solved but that quarter turns into $2.50, then $250, then more problems than you could imagine.
Abraham did this. GOD said HE was going to give him a son. At 75 Abraham still didn’t have one. Sarah, his wife was incapable of conceiving. He decided to have a child by Hagar, Sarah’s hand maiden. Hagar gets pregnant and bears a son. They name him Ishmael. Abraham thought he had the miracle child in Ishmael. GOD said that Ishmael was not the miracle. That was just a normal conception. He wasn’t the baby GOD said would be the miracle baby. GOD blessed Ishmael anyway and he also became the father of a great nation. HE’s also the father of the Arab nation.
But GOD said there would be another child. Later Abraham had Isaac through Sarah who was way up in years and although she had never been able to have a child, at a grandmother’s age she had a baby. Isaac became the father of the Jewish nation.
All of the commotion in the Middle East between Arabs and Jews is just a family feud. It’s been going on for thousands of years because Abraham got in a hurry. Ishmael and Isaac were half brothers. Whenever you hear of Arabs being anti-Semitic – that’s impossible. Both Arabs and Jews have the same father – Abraham. Because Abraham got in a hurry, we’ve had thousands of years of conflict. Impatience will get you into trouble. GOD doesn’t need your help. You need to relax.