Posted by: Terry | April 14, 2009

Walking and waiting

Did God give you a dream many years ago? Are you now living in a partial fulfillment of that dream? Are you accepting that this is just how it is, that it will never change, that it sure does not appear to be what you expected?

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. (Gen 17:1 NIV)

Waiting is the ultimate test of faith. Abram has waited 13 years for God to give him more instruction. He has raised Ishmael as his son, the tacit heir of the promise. He is living in the land that God led him to. He is tending to the business at hand day by day, confident that he is in the place that God has for him.

He loved Ishmael, yet must have mused what it would have been like to have a child from Sarai, his wife who he loved. He must have felt that God had provided Ishmael, but why God had not blessed Sari would nag at him, yet who was he to question the LORD.

The promise seemed so grand when God made it 24 years before. He had visions of a land and many offspring, yet he still lived in a land occupied by other peoples. His only offspring was a child born as a result of legal obligations, hardly a child of promise.

What Abram did not understand, and could not have understood is that God was not finished. God had a plan and a time; it was Abrams role to do what he was doing and not lose faith in the sovereignty or wisdom of God.

What does God expect from us? “Walk before me and be blameless.” That is our instructions for each day. Walk knowing he is there, and he is with us, and he is watching us. Be sincere and devoted in all you do. That is our part of the bargain.

You may be right where God wants us to be, so do all you do in a way that brings glory to him. Yet be open, at a time when you least expect it he may open the door and change everything. Every day you walk before God you are doing exactly what he wants you to do that day. And every day you walk before God is preparation for the next day, whatever God may bring.

That is faith, waiting and walking, waiting and walking, waiting and walking…


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