By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
The Lord’s plan for our life often involves different timing than we would choose. I picture the pathway of faith as a highway with two signs on it. The first one says, “Slow down”; the other one says, “Wait here.”
We don’t like either of those signs, do we? We want to keep moving so we can quickly arrive at our destination. But God is all-knowing; He sees when rushing would land us on our face.
He is also a God of purpose. He knows what He wants to accomplish in our lives, so He erects a sign that says, “Wait.” If we are wise, we will keep pace with Him, no lagging behind, but not taking five steps in place of the three He has sanctioned.
Abram provided an illustration of this, demonstrating what not to do. When famine threatened the land, he took matters into his own hands and journeyed to Egypt without consulting God. Though he rightly assumed that Pharaoh would want his beautiful wife in the royal harem, Abram willingly took the risk of never seeing her again. Then, to save his own life, he had Sarai say she was his sister, not his wife.
Even a person of faith (Hebrews 11:8) can resort to the “flesh” and respond from old thought patterns. It is absolutely essential that we wait for the Lord. Even if we don’t understand His purpose, that is still no excuse for coming up with our own course of action. What situation in your life is tempting you to run ahead of our heavenly Father? Have patience. God is never late.
Lord, give me patience, for I know You are never late. Keep me from acting in the flesh. Deliver me from old thought patterns.