2016-02-12 - When Getting Ahead isn't Good
There are times when we know what we are supposed to do, and we just jump the gun. As the book of Genesis unfolds, we see that happen repeatedly with Abraham and his family. They are in a hurry to get God's work done, so they jump the gun. Each time they jump the gun, trouble comes. What arrogance it takes, to think I know better than God does, regarding when and how his word should be fulfilled. Indeed, arrogance like this causes many issues.
As one example, let me discuss Abraham's children. Abram, as he was originally called, and Sarai knew that God promised to make their descendants numerous - and yet after many years - Sarai remained childless. So instead of waiting on God, they decided to get out front and take control. It was common practice in that day's culture, that when a wife produced no offspring to seek out another, so that is what they decided to do. Sarai gave Abram permission to be with her maid, Hagar. From this, Abram and Hagar had a child named Ishmael.
The sin of Abram taking matters into his own hands created enmity between Ishmael and Sarah's eventual promised son, Isaac, and between Sarah and Hagar. Eventually Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away.
Muslims trace their roots back to Ishmael and his descendants. Jews trace their roots back to Isaac and his descendants. These two people groups have warred against each other for centuries, and yet, if they had just waited on God, this would not be the case.
We need to be careful to follow God's will, and that includes doing what he wants - but also when he wants. I know there have been times in my own life, when I have rushed something, and it has flopped because the time was not right. Sometimes God is merciful enough to throw the brakes on for me, and cause a delay in my actions, so that things align with his timing.
I hope, as you seek to do God's will in your own life, that you will also seek to do it at the right time.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted