Saturday, January 23, 2010

How long? Lord. How long?

One of the most frustrating things about God is that He lives in the eternal NOW. The New Testament says it this way. 8 "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day". 2 Peter 3:8 (New Living Translation)

To us 100 years is, like, a lifetime! OK. MORE than a lifetime!
100 minutes can seen like an eternity!
And with the instant now digital age, 100 seconds it too long!

A former pastor of mine used to say, "God is never late, but seldom early."
In my experience I would disagree. He seems to disregard my sense of time entirely!

So here is Abraham - "The Father of Many Nations" as he has been renamed by God.

But year after year passes. Year after year.

His beautiful wife has given up.

One day three visitors stop by the Abraham tent.

9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him.
"There, in the tent," he said.
10 Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh."

But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."

Abraham was 100 years old. Sarah was 99. They were past child bearing age. God had been promising Abraham throughout his life that he would have descendants. But it had never happened.

Then one day... Finally... long after everyone had given up...
God fulfills his promise.
Genesis 21
The Birth of Isaac

1 "Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." 7 And she added, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."

Part of our short journey on this spinning ball is to learn to trust God.

Even when his sense of timing doesn't line up with ours!

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