A Walk With Romans (Read Romans Chapter 4)
Romans 4:20-21 “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
Have you ever been waiting for God’s promise and it did not seem like it would ever come to pass? You are not alone, Abraham and Sarah had wanted a son and they had been given a promise by God that their descendants would fill the earth. (Romans 4:18-19) But it did not happen they grew older and older. Abraham turned 100 and Sarah 90 and she still had not birthed a child. When all seemed lost, when Abraham knew he and Sarah were too old to bear children his faith did not waiver in God’s promise. He knew God was faithful and that God would keep his promise so Abraham trusted God even when reality would say otherwise.
A lot of times we get in a similar situation through our prayers or our hopes and dreams. It could be a calling that God has given us and the doors have not opened. A college to attend or even the man or woman we might one day marry. Yet we are waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting.
I am not sure about everyone else but patience is not a virtue of mine. I struggle with it constantly, whether behind the wheel of a car in traffic, standing in line at the checkout, or simply in waiting. My flesh wants what it wants and it wants it now, yet that is not how God always works. We want our prayers answered, our promises fulfilled as quick as possible but it is in the waiting that we can truly see God work in our lives.
Had Abraham and Sarah had children earlier in their life they might not have believed down the road that God was a part of it. Yet when the impossible became possible then there was no one else to give credit to but God. You see waiting is a test, it tests our faith, our perseverance, and our dependence on God. During the wait we’ll reach the point of giving up or going on and that is where our final exam is. If we choose to give up, then the test will start all over again down the road but if we persevere if we keep our faith in Christ and in God’s promises the rewards at the end are greater than we could imagine.
Abraham’s struggled at times in the wait but his faith remained true and He remained faithful and obedient to God. So no matter what you are waiting on, stay with it. Just around the corner may be the finish line and the fulfillment of that promise. Trust God for He is faithful and He will do what He promises.
God is seldom early, He is never late but He is always on time!