There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.
Waiting for God to Work
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 King James Version
Many years passed between when God first promised to make Abraham a great nation and when Sarah actually gave birth to their son, Isaac. During the wait Sarah had a lot of time to worry, doubt, fear, plan, pray, and trust. And she probably did each of those things many times.
Waiting is hard. Maybe you are waiting to hear from a friend who has moved. Maybe you are waiting for summer because you are going on a special trip. Perhaps had to quit your favorite activity because a parent is waiting to hear about a new job. There are lots of different waiting times in your life.
Sometimes Sarah patiently waited for God to keep his promise. Other times she took matters into her own hands. One time Sarah figured God wasn't going to give her a child. She told Abraham to have a baby with her servant, Hagar. She thought maybe that child could be her promised child.
That didn't work out well. After Hagar got pregnant, she bragged to poor Sarah, who had been unable to have a child. And when Sarah finally did have a child herself at age 90, Hagar's son, Ishmael, made fun of her son, Isaac.
Waiting for God to work isn't always easy, but it's the best thing. Running ahead of God or taking matters into your own hands often makes a mess of things. That doesn't mean God won't give you the wisdom and strength to handle some situations on your own. He will. He promises wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). He will give you peace in your heart about your choices when they are the right ones. If you don't feel at peace about a decision, it may not be the best choice or timing. If God says wait, then wait.
Thinking it through
Sometimes it can be hard to know when God is telling you to wait—it can seem like he isn’t paying any attention. But that’s not true. Are you waiting for anything right now? What can give you patience and courage to keep trusting God while you wait? Write some of God’s promises on an index card to remind you that God is faithful.
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