God’s promise is a promise worth waiting for. What kinds of things are you waiting for in life? A new job, the perfect person to be your spouse, a baby or better health? Are you starting to feel that God is ignoring your requests? There are stories in the Bible that shows us that God has a plan for our lives. It is hard to wait for the promises to come to fruition.
A Promise Worth Waiting For
Genesis Chapter 16 tells of the story of Abram and his wife Sarai. God had promised that Sarai would have children and that Abram would be the father of many nations. Sarai was growing old and she had given up on God’s promise. In her desperation, she set out to make at least part of the promise come true. She had her slave sleep with her husband so she would have a child for Abram. Because Sarai took matters into her own hands and didn’t wait on God, her plan backfired. Sarai’s impatience and doubt had consequences that are still felt today.
Taking Matters into Your Own Hands
Have you ever been waiting so long for something that you start planning a way to “make” things happen? I know that I have and I can say with certainty that the outcome was always worse than when I started. It is much better to strengthen your resolve to wait on God than it is to force what we think God’s will should be. Much like Sarai, our solutions usually create problems in our lives that God did not intend.'It is much better to strengthen your resolve to wait on God than it is to force what we think God's will should be.'
The Promise: God has a Plan
There is one verse that is the promise worth waiting for. This promise tells us what God has planned for our lives. To some, this promise may seem vague but within these words is where our hope should lay. No matter what we are waiting on and no matter what trial we face, God has a plan.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Although we may have to wait longer than we hoped, God’s plan is that we have prosperity and hope in our lives. This verse tells us that God wants us to have happiness in our lives. I often wonder how many times did I mess up God’s plan for my happiness. Because I insisted on doing things my own way, did I put things in the way that had great consequences?
Sum It Up
Waiting on God’s perfect timing may be difficult but doing so can save us from years of heartbreak or struggle. God’s promise is a promise worth waiting for. The simplicity of Jeremiah 29:11 is a sign that God wants us to be able to clearly see what he wants for us.
The Bible tells us of God’s Promises. Read about not being afraid in the post, God’s Promises: Be Courageous.