Waiting is probably one of the most difficult things that we do in our walk of faith. We have an intense desire to have things resolved, to have the outcome settled, to know the process in getting there, to tangibly see steps in the process before we take them.
While waiting on His promises, we often encounter the pitfall of doubting His trustworthiness:
1) Is He really trustworthy?
This question one of Satan’s most common tactics that he’s used against Father’s children since the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:1-13)
2) I’ve been waiting so long! He’s forgotten.
According to our human perspective, the wait can be lengthy between Father’s promise being a reality He’s impressed on our hearts and/or spoken to our minds as being true in the spiritual realm to the time it becomes a reality that plays out in the physical realm.
3) He’ll be able to carry out His promise to me if I can help Him out.
We become convinced that Father needs “our help” to carry out His promises. Abraham and Sarah fell into this trap and so Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her servant Hagar (Gen 16:1-6) to produce the offspring Father had promised (Gen 15:5). And yet, Hagar’s son Ishmael was not Father’s provision to Abraham and Sarah . . . Isaac was. Genesis 21:1 reads:
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.
4) It’s hard for me to imagine anything that good happening to me.
We feel unworthy or inadequate of receiving such a reality and reason that there are too many human obstacles that Father would have to overcome to carry out His promise.
We ask, “But who am I?” . . . “God do you have the right person” . . . “Do you remember that I ___________?”
We forget that He is God: He can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants, however He wants, and through whoever He wants.
5) Logically, it’s not possible.
The physical realities of our circumstances surrounding us don’t seem to add up to being conducive to Father’s promise playing out.
Jer 32:27, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
Father is perfectly faithful (Is 25:1, 9). What He says, He brings about. What He plans, He does (Is 46:11)
And when He does we believe His promises and we sing His praise. Ps 106:12
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