Has God ever promised you something and you feel like He isn't coming through on His end of the deal? Maybe you're believing for your debt to be cleared. Maybe you're waiting for a relationship to be created or restored. Maybe you're waiting for a prodigal child to return to their relationship with God.
In Genesis, God promises Abram that he will be the father of many nations. At the time of the promise, Abram was in his 80's. Naturally, Abram and Sarai both had a strong reason to believe that this was impossible, but in Genesis 15:6, the Bible says that: "And [Abram] believed in the LORD, and [God] counted it to him for righteousness." Abram believed.
There are times in our lives that "we believe". I am believing in God for many things in my life. I am looking to God and trusting that HE IS and that HE WILL. However, that doesn't mean that I always do what I am supposed to do.
In Genesis 16, Sarai brings her maidservant to Abram and says, "Have your way with Hagar so that God will give me the promise of children through her" (The Dean Paraphrase). So ... Abram being the man of faith that he is conveniently agrees. But God's promise wasn't in Hagar's being, it was through Sarai. God wanted to show His Glory in His time! Hagar gets pregnant and gives birth to Ishmael, but Ishmael wasn't the promise.
So we have a promise, and we in turn try to force God's hand to receive it in our time, not His. I've been there so many times and you would think that I would figure that out by now, but I guess I am just stubborn. I know what the promise is, but I still look for the Ishmael instead of waiting on God. I'm still humbled by the whole process.
Just because we go to the Ishmael doesn't mean that the promise is null and void. God is true to His promises and He will come through, but we have to have faith in Him, and not the promise. We have to have faith that He will respond in His sovereign time. If we look back to the story, Ishmael was born when Abram was 86 years old. However, Isaac was born when Abraham was 101 years old. Abraham had to wait 15 years after for the promise to be fulfilled. THE PROMISE WAS FULFILLED!
All that said, remember your promises from the start of this blurb? Remember the things that God has promised you and that you haven't seen? Have you tried to make the promises come to fruition by creating Ishmael or are you waiting for God to provide the Isaac? I would love to say that I have figured out this waiting thing but that would just make me a liar. However, I am believing God for the promise! I am believing God that HE IS and that HE WILL. He is real! He is alive! He is at work! Keep waiting on God and He will come through!
Waiting for Isaac,