The Birth of Isaac 1
The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Results of Justification
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
God speaks and creates the world around us. He uses His voice to teach us wisdom and to promise blessings in our lives. Following His voice, we put aside our pasts and find new ways to live. He does all of this and more, which is cause for constant thanksgiving except for onethiy: His timing.
God’s timing is not in sync with our own. He frustrates us most when He is showing His best but not when we hoped, expected, and planned for it. His ways are not our ways, and His timing is not our timing. It is better.
That is not always apparent though. Abraham and Sarah waited 20 years after God promised them a child before they experienced that promise kept. That was 20 more years they could have spent loving their son. Why? Simply because God thought a 60-year old giving birth was not challenging enough for Him so He raised the stakes to 80? Perhaps. God does show off His power more often than I believe we recognize. But ask yourself this: Do you think waiting for 20 years changed Abrahm and Sarah? I think it did. In fact, if the birth had taken place immediately, I don’t think Abraham would have had the faith or willingness to offer young Isaac back to God on Mount Moriah. They were changed not just by the miracle, but also in waiting on God’s timing of it.
On the other hand, God’s timing often is faster than our own. While He may sometimes seem slow to bring us blessings we focus on, like the watched kettle that never boils, He is incredibly quick to forgive. In fact, it often seems like God forgives us before we are even sorry. Aid so it should seem, for so it is. God does not wait for us to be ready for forgiveness. He sends it when we need it, not when we want it. We always need it before we want it. He exemplifies love to us in His timing by giving us what we need, when we need it… not what we want, when we want it.
How are you experiencing God’s timing today?
How are you loving according to the example of God’s timing?
- (Heb 11:11)↩