God has His own sense of timing: ‘With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day’ (2 Peter 3:8). God has perfect timing: never early, never late. God is never in a hurry, but He is always on time.
God is The Potter. He will work out the things that shouldn’t be there. Stay pliable. Be willing to change, but don’t be down on yourself if it’s not happening as fast as you would like. Give yourself permission to have some weaknesses. Give yourself the grace to not perform perfectly all the time. We should have discipline, be focused, be growing, but don’t live pressured thinking you have to make it all happen in your own strength, frustrated because you’re not changing as fast as you would like.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who Love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the Image of His Son – Jesus, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:28–32)
Remember Abraham, “father of many nations”? Sarai his wife, wanting him to have a heir and having gone through menopause asks Abram to have a child with Hagar. Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born.
Abram possessed a direct promise from the Lord that he would have a flesh-and-blood heir, his own son (Genesis 15:4). As of this time, however, this has still not happened, and Abram is in his mid-80s (Genesis 16:16). Interestingly, Sarai holds the Lord responsible for her inability to bear children. In her mind, He is the one preventing this from happening. As a matter of fact, God may have been doing exactly that: executing His plan for their lives in His own timing. Sarai, though, didn’t want to wait any longer to see what would happen.
Her plan may well have been a normal custom in the culture of their day. If a wife could not bear a child herself, she could assign the role to a servant who would become another wife to the husband. If the servant became pregnant, the child would still belong to the first wife, as the servant was her property. As repulsive as that may sound to our modern ears, it was the way of the time. And, the “slavery” of that era was very different from the brutality modern readers assume when they encounter that word.
Still, this must not have been something Abram had ever chosen to do before. He had countless servants. He surely could have had any number of wives. And yet, to this point, Abram had remained committed to seeing God’s promise fulfilled through Sarai and no other woman. Now, however, he allows Sarai to convince him to try it. It will become clear that this is not the way God intends to build His covenant people.
Interestingly, Sarai holds the Lord responsible for her inability to bear children. In her mind, He is the one preventing this from happening. As a matter of fact, God may have been doing exactly that: executing His plan for their lives in His own timing.
Remember: God Created ‘Tine’ and holds all things in His hands. Amen.
Even Satan has his limits.
The church has been purposely scattered by God. Nothing of this magnitude occurs without His permission! If He has given Satan His permission to be the actual “instrument of scattering, it still would never have happened if God did not agree that it needed to be done. Some think, “Satan came up with this idea, got into the flock, and scattered it.” Could Satan do anything like this without God giving His permission? Impossible! And, if God gave His permission, then it was His will that it occur. Satan became merely an instrument of God’s sovereign judgment.