3. Disrupted Faith
Even though God had promised Abraham many descendants, he and his wife Sarah had yet to bear any children. After years of frustration, Sarah began to blame God for her barrenness. She even said to Abraham, The Lord has kept me from having children (Genesis 16:2).
This is an easy trap to fall into. When things go wrong or don’t make sense, we blame God. Like Sarah, we become tempted to short-circuit God’s plan. Even if we disobey God out of good intentions, the result is still heartache. Disobedience leads to a disrupted faith walk.
God always keeps His promises, even if they do not follow our preferred timeline. When God acts, we shouldn’t be surprised. Yet what happened when Sarah heard the news that she would finally bear a son? She laughed. Then the Lord said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh and say, Will I really have a child, now that I am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son! (Genesis 18:12-14).
There is nothing too difficult for the Lord! But when we allow our doubts and disbeliefs to taint our faith, we miss out on the joy of watching God’s plan unfold in our lives. When we begin to doubt God’s wisdom and providence, we backtrack in our journey of faith.
As we have learned from Abraham, only when we remain in God’s will can we receive His promised blessings. When we try to force our own plans, we cause ourselves misery.
Prayer: Father, thank You that there is nothing too hard for You! Help me to obey You completely so that my faith walk will not be disrupted in any way. Help me to always be moving forward in my walk of faith. Amen.
Think on this word. ‘It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth’ (3 John 1:3).
Michael Youssef, Ph.D