I am still studying things about Sarah.
Gen 21:1 In one translation it says the Lord was gracious to Sarah.
I like that. But.. in our time of waiting we get impatient and take things into our own hands sometimes as I said in my last post. When we do that we miss the graciousness of God until we realize what we are doing and surrender it to God.
Sometimes God waits till our situation is beyond impossible as He did with Sarah. She was way beyond child bearing years when she had Isaac. At that point we know there is no doubt but that our deliverance from the situation is from God. Sometimes the answer isn't what we were expecting either.
We must not only surrender our expectation of what our answer will look like, but the right to know why a situation happens. Or why the answer is different then we expected.
No where in the word does it say our way as a christian will be easy. But the word does say He will never leave or forsake us in the situation.
Just as we don't owe our children an explanation for what we tell them to do or not do, God doesn't owe us one either.
Sometimes we give them an answer. Sometimes God gives us an answer. More times then not He doesn't.
As long as our answer comes as we expect, our faith is strong, but it should be just as strong (but it usually isn't) when it doesn't come as expected, or in the time period we want.
As long as you hold on to the right to know the why, you remain in bondage to that. Peace comes when you give up the right to know why.
Your faith shouldn't be based on the outcome of a situation, but on the One you believe in and Who He Is.
God doesn't owe us anything. He has already one more for us then we deserve.
Jn 9:1 the disciples asked why
There is no way that this blind man thought his sight would be given to him in this way.
When we get this desperate we won't care how the answer comes.
In this case Jesus gave a why. He didn't have to but He wanted them to know He came to do the works of God.
The Jews expected Jesus to come as a king but He came in a different way. Because of that they didn't believe He was the promised One. They are still praying and waiting for Him today. Such a shame, they missed the answer they have been praying for all this time. Will we miss the answer that we are praying for cause it isn't the one we expect?
We can become offended when we don't receive an answer the way we expect, or in our timing or the answer to why.
Is 40:31 But 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.
Anyone who knows me knows this is one of my favorite verses.
Waiting is not always easy for me, but I stand on this verse when waiting is difficult. Hope it helps someone else.
Some more waiting scriptures:
Ps 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Ps 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope.
Is 30:18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.
Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.