In the study of Genesis 16 and writing about it yesterday in the post Trust in His Perfect Timing, the lesson for me is that we should be careful not to force the issue. We should put our attention on God and do things according to His timing; to trust Him to work situations out for us.
God may get our attention in many ways. There are times of the year that inspire and bring out memories; the end of summer when football starts, the fall and the smell of pecan pie, the winter when the leaves have fallen and you look up into the cold night sky and see more stars than you could ever count. The spring and the memories of playing baseball and the summers going to the water park; you can count on the seasons. They are coming, you can depend on it, but they never are exactly the same because life and how we see things is always changing.
Music also has a way of bringing out memories and giving inspiration. Here is a video about God’s greatness from a young lady in my local community that does just that: How Great Thou Art – Holly Tucker on the Voice.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:2
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Reading now in Genesis 16, Abraham and his wife Sarah were both getting up in age and they felt like their child bearing years had passed so to build a family, Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her maidservant named Hagar. After Hagar became pregnant, Sarah despised Hagar (v. 4).
When we are impatient and try to rush God, the usual results are disappointment. We live in a society of impatience. We want things now and with technology today we have come to expect immediate satisfaction. We can get the latest and greatest with a few clicks of a mouse. The products bought on the Internet can be shipped in a matter of days.
But in God’s timing, things have a way to work out best. Unfortunately, children want to rush into adulthood much earlier nowadays. Pre-Marital sex is a big problem today. To fit in, young people feel they have to do what everyone else is doing. It is only when we get older that we realize that being different from everyone else pays off. People that are unique and can do what no one else can do are the ones that get paid the most because they have something that no one else has.
Our actions affect future generations. If we want things now, then future generations speed things up and want it now. It’s so important for us to get across to future generations the benefits of patience. The world tells us that God is not real. That it’s not worth waiting or worth our time to pray; to have Him in our thoughts but past history tells us that with God, all things work out.
This day with You Lord, may we continue to put our attention on You first; consult with You in prayer so we are making the right decisions, are at the right place, and doing the right things at the right time.
Lord, the world tells me You are not real but as I get to the end of each day; taking walks and feeling the fresh breeze hitting my face and hearing the sounds of night that sooths my soul, I know the world is telling a lie and the ONE who created the breeze and unique music of the night is telling me the truth.