Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarahʼs womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
Romans 4:18-21 NIV
The story of Abraham amazes me no matter how many times I read it. It’s just the birth of a son when he was a hundred years old. That’s a miracle! But just as amazing is the information that he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of the promise. He was seventy-five when God promised him a son.
I wonder how many of us would believe God and live expectation for twenty-five years? Most of us probably would have said, “I didn’t really hear from God.”, “Oh, I guess maybe God didn’t really mean that.” Or, “I need to go somewhere else to get a fresh word from the Lord.” If you are that kind of person right now, continue reading and let’s find out what to do in this kind of season as we reflect on Abraham’s story.
1.) Pray first and agree with God’s plan.
Sarah and Abraham did have problems holding on to that promise. As a means of attempting to get what they wanted, they had Sarah’s handmaiden, Hagar, bear him a son, but God let him know that wasn’t the way it was going to be. And their actions might be the reason why God’s promised child arrival has been delayed.
In our impatience, we often take matters into our own hands. I say we get “Bright Ideas” – plans of our own, which we hope God will bless. These plans open the door for confusion and chaos. Then their results must be dealt with, which often delays our miracle. This is a good lesson for all of us. We must pray first and agree with God’s plan, not plan and pray that our plan will work.
2.) Waiting is the best thing!
It’s often difficult to believe God and hold on year after year after year. But the Bible gives us promises, hope, and encouragement. God promises good to those of us who serve Him. Despite the adversity of our circumstances – and some people have absolutely terrible situations – God still promises good. Our sense of goodness, however, may not be the same as God’s. Getting what we want immediately may not be the best for us. Sometimes, waiting is the best thing to do because it helps develop the character of God in us. The Lord chooses to do good to us and to make us happy and so, we can remain patient and keep believing God’s promises!
3.) Believe and expect many miracles!
Many of us have ignored the fact that God is the originator of miracles. He specializes in doing the impossible: He provided a son to barren Sarah; He opened the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk across on dry land; He destroyed Goliath with a single stone from a slingshot; so on and so forth. Those are miracles! And that’s the Holy Spirit at work, defying the laws of nature, that even Science couldn’t comprehend.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 NIV
God loves each of us, and the Bible says He’s our Father. Any good father loves to do good for his children. And God wants to do good things for you and for me. All we have to do is to believe in Him and expect a miracle in our lives! Expect many miracles! Just like the lyrics of a song of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey saying, “There can be miracles when you believe” – which is so true! Positive belief in God’s promises yields good results because of the Good One, our God, sends them to us. We might think that we are worthless and unworthy of His miracles, but because of His great love for us, God made us valuable and worthy to receive them. And always, and forever, believe that He is the God of impossibilities!
Refuse to give up, and you will see the result of waiting with a positive belief!