“And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi” (Genesis 25:11).
Life does not always run on the fast lane, nor does it roll on the conveyor belt of a fast food production joint. More often than not, life involves patiently waiting for the right time. For believers, this underscores the necessity of faith, trusting God to act appropriately in His own time.
Isaac always had the choice to take laws into his hand and attempt to fast forward God’s promises to his father, Abraham and by extension, to himself; or to wait for God to work out His plans in His own way. He chose the latter, even though the signs initially were at best confusing, and at worst troubling.
His father had taken another wife who promptly gave him six sons, seven grandsons and three great grandsons. Yet, in his patience, Isaac soon started possessing his blessings. First, his father willed all his wealth to Isaac. Then, he gave handsome gifts to the children of his concubines, and promptly sent them away so they would have nothing to do with Isaac, upon whom the promise of God rested.
Abraham himself was blessed with long life and so had time to put his domestic affairs in order before he eventually died at the ripe age of 175 years. It was after all this that God blessed Isaac. Wisely, too, Isaac, made his permanent residence in the land God had promised to give his father, Abraham.
Many times, people are in a hurry to receive blessings from God. They worry that the signs around them do not look good. They may be getting old and there are no wives or husbands, or children. They have left school for sometime, yet there are no jobs. They may be working and there appear to be little to show for it. They may be sick and the healing is not coming fast enough. The temptation would arise to take laws into their own hands, to work out their personal agenda to success, to help God to fulfil His promises to them.
You must not act that way. You must trust God to make all things beautiful for you in His own time. You must patiently “wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” It is only in patience that you can possess your blessings.
Thought for the day: Heaven help only those who wait on the Lord.