Abraham: A Life of Obedience
11/09/21 – 11/18/21
The Blessing of Waiting on God
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 11/16/21
In fervently seeking God’s will for our lives, there are moments when we clearly hear God’s voice. And there are moments when we do not wait around to let Him finish His sentence. We may hear what God is saying, but we do not listen to every part of His direction for us. Following God completely means there must be a total commitment to obedience—no matter how long it takes.
Hailed as a hero in the realm of faith, Abraham had his moments of weakness, which proved to be costly. Even though he heard God’s promise that his offspring would be innumerable, Abraham struggled to wait, mistakenly supposing that maybe God meant his offspring would come through his maidservant Hagar and thus bringing strife to his household.
Still, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham: Sarah had a child. Even when we make mistakes, God sticks by His Word—He never fails us. However, we must be ever diligent to prove faithful to what God calls us to do in our lives. Our impatience in God usually delays the timing of His best for our lives. God does not choose to make us wait because He enjoys making us suffer; we wait because His timing brings blessing to us and glory to His name and transforms us into His likeness if we set our hearts on Him.
Waiting on God’s best for our lives proves we believe Him. It demonstrates our faith in who He is and what He says about our lives. Learning to wait on His perfect timing results in greater joy when His promises are fully realized in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to have patience as I wait for Your purposes to be fulfilled in my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).