For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
Abraham and Sarah’s son, Issac was born when Abraham was 100. For 25 years Abraham patiently waited on this promise from God (Genesis 21:1-3). This is a perfect example of how God’s timing is the perfect timing and how his word is unchanging.
God allows us to go through certain situations to test our faith and areas in our lives. We live in a world that is fast paced. Everything must be done now and if it’s not done at a certain time, then you are late. How do we enjoy the present when we are busy trying to get through life? I have prayed for patience for years. To allow myself to run on God’s time, not this world’s time. To be okay with not completing a certain task at a certain time span because God told me to just wait.
“Be patient.” My father have repeatedly told me these words from when I was a child until now. It’s like a constant reminder that I cannot rush my life. I can’t relate to Abraham, however I want to come to that point where my trust have no boundaries.
For years I have tried to get my first car. I used to beg my parents because I was tired of walking, taking buses, and asking for rides. I would take car magazines, circle the cars I would want, and then show my parents. I tried to convince them for years; creating PowerPoint presentations and even getting my friends to bring their cars around so that my parents saw everyone had a car…. except me!
“Be patient”, my father said once more. I felt crushed! I worked so hard and was certain I would win them over! All of that work just to be shut down. How many of you have asked God something only to receive the answer ‘no’? It could have been a dream that seemed so right, a job opportunity that would pay you twice as much, or a relationship that lasted for years but ended because God said no. He shuts doors that are not meant to be open. But, don’t get discouraged because He does this because He have something better in store for you.
My father always wants what’s best for me. He wants to make sure that I am prepared and mature enough to handle anything I ask for. So, over time I had to swallow the truth. I needed to be patient and obedient.
Fast forwarding to February 2015. I saved up for a used car and after test driving the vehicle, I wasn’t certain about the car. Something about it did not feel right. However, I still wanted it. After receiving a call that the owner had gotten into a bad accident and that the car was totaled, I knew that was a sign. Thank God he made it out fine!
So, I waited. This time patiently. In May 2015, after a terrible breakup, I surrendered my life over to Christ. I grew sick and tired of trying to controll my life. I will always say that an impatient driver will make bad decisions on the road, so it was best that I allowed Jesus to take over the wheel and steer my life. I prayed for a car once more. Not because “everyone had a car”, but because I needed to be consistent in my church. I made a promise to attend my church weekly instead of once in a while. My relationship grew stronger with Jesus since then. I just want to thank God for constantly disciplining me because of how my life turned out.
I felt a nudge to walk into the car dealership, however I only wanted to test drive because I had nothing else to do and I couldn’t afford a brand new vehicle. Once I got into the vehicle, it felt right. It wasn’t until I pulled back into the dealer’s parking lot that God gave me the okay. “NOW?!! But I haven’t started my new job yet! This is all so sudden!” That day I signed for my first car. I put all of my money on the down payment plus the insurance. I wanted to cry because it literally felt as if I signed my life away. But, it all worked out perfectly. The dealer allowed me to not make any payments for an entire month, so I did not worry when it came down to my job. Glory be on to God!
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
You will prevent regret and mistakes if you learn to just wait. Until God opens up that door for you, PRAISE Him in the hallway! There is a blessing on the other side, but you must be patient! Free yourself from worrying. Just as God promised Abraham at the right time, He hasn’t forgotten about you. He may not be early, however He is never late.
Rest your heart.