Wait on the Lord…

Wait on the Lord…

TogetherI have been spending time today, looking at the marriage of Abraham and Sarah and a marriage thought came to my mind…

In Genesis 15 God had promised Abraham that he would give him an heir/child. The heir would not be Eliezer a servant that lived in his house, but from Abraham’s own seed. At this point when God first promises a child to Abraham, in Gen. 15, Abraham is thought to be about 65 years old, and his wife would have been about 55, which even in their day was past child bearing age. Still, as Genesis 15:6 says, Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.  

So, God had promised Abraham a child, Abraham believed that God could and would do it, but…he and Sarah grew impatient. They just couldn’t wait any longer and they failed to wait on the Lord to do what He said He would do.

So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. Genesis 16:2

It’s Complicated

I think where Abraham and Sarah were at that point in their marriage is a place that any marriage can reach. The place, where we grow impatient and try to fix things on our own. I know I surely have been there and done that. At those times my impatience led me to act too soon and I ended up changing my relationship with my wife from simple to that familiar FaceBook status, “It’s Complicated”. The problem with our relationship’s when they get complicated is that it is usually not an easy thing to fix. For example, when Sarah offered that Abraham have a child with Hagar, it entered a whole big, complicated dynamic into their marriage. Because, both Abraham and Sarah’s son Isaac, as well as Abraham and Hagar’s son Ishmael both trace their beginnings to Abraham. It is a tangled, twisted complicated situation that is still going on today! In their impatience they jumped out of line with God. The good news is that God still kept His promise to Abraham, it just came with more complications to their relationship and generations to come, than were necessary…

While the consequences and depth of complication won’t be as significant in our individual marriages, the truth of the story is the same – Wait on the Lord…those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. (Isa. 40:31). When challenges come into our marriage the real challenge is to continue to wait on the Lord. To continue to trust in His sovereignty and ability to exact His plan and power – down to the very last detail of our life and marriage.

God has not forgotten about your marriage, and He has plans that are far above your expectations and understanding. Wait…

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3 thoughts on “Wait on the Lord…

  1. Raquel

    i saw this in my inbox and started to go to bed without reading it, but something (the Lord, maybe) told me that if i could check my email, update & like instagram then i best make time to read what you had to say. i’m so glad i did. my husband and i are in a very rough season of our marriage. i left him about a month ago. my feelings were hurt, i was angry and i left in haste without even telling my husband of my plans. i don’t regret leaving because it was what was best for me at the time, but i still want to be married to my husband (although i told him the opposite after leaving). he is now undecided on what he wants, which confuses me. i left because of something he did but now i’m the wrong one for leaving. i’ve been feeling lost for the past couple weeks and i don’t know what to do. all i know to do is pray that God will heal my marriage. thank you for your words and for giving the Word on waiting. i’m the most impatient person but i realize God is not on my time. anyway, i’ve ranted long enough. please keep me, my husband and child in your prayers.

    1. Edward

      Raquel thanks so much for the comment. Glad to know it was encouraging to you.
      Praying for your marriage and that God will make the next steps fro you both, clear. God Bless.

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