My husband and I bought an older ranch home that need some TLC. We decided the painting needed done before we moved in. We chose a light gray color for the main part of the house and decided while we were at it, to also paint the white trim to make everything look freshly painted.
My husband traveled for his job, and he was taking forever to get it done. Time was tight for us, and we had to be out of our rental soon. So, I decided to help my husband paint to hurry it along. As I painted I noticed that all paint cans looked alike, and the paints looked very similar wet. Because of this, I ended up painting the long hallway white instead of gray. Due to my impatience, it took twice as long to finish the paint job. If I would have allowed my husband to do it in his own timeline, it would have been done on time and done right. My mistake cost us several hours of repainting and took precious time from other things that needed to be done.
Just as I thought I would help my husband along, Sara thought she would help God along in His plan. Both Abram and she were still waiting for the son that God promised years ago. Sara became impatient and decided she would give Abram her handmaiden Hagar and allow him to get her pregnant. That way Abram would have the promised son.
Of course, when Hagar became pregnant, it caused a problem between the women. Hagar began to lord it over Sara because she was pregnant and Sara was not. Of course, Sara blamed Abram for the problem, even though it was her idea in the first place.
Abram tried to make peace in the household and told Sara she could do whatever she wanted with Hagar. Sara reversed the tables and treated Hagar worse than Hagar had treated her. Hagar ended up running away.
Whatever Sara had imagined her helping God might accomplish, she discovered the hard way that it was not the right thing to do. Her efforts ended up causing conflict and in the short-term harmed her relationship with Abram. God had His plan and His own timeline. There is nothing anyone can do to change that.
Waiting on God requires patience. His time is not ours, nor are His ways our ways. This makes it hard for us to know when we are supposed to act or wait on God. The key is to maintain a relationship with Him. If Sara had gone to God and asked if Hagar was the answer to the question of a son for Abram, God would have told her ‘no’. Just as Sara could ask God questions, we have that same capability. He speaks through the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
Studying the Bible on a regular basis will reveal God to us. We can learn something about how He thinks, know His ways and what’s important to Him. That will help enlighten us as to what He would have us do in certain situations and guide how we should pray. It will also give us encouragement as we wait on an answer to our prayers.
To know more about Him brings us closer to Him and builds a vibrant, spiritually healthy relationship with Him. We are His children and He loves us and wants us to know Him, just as He knows us.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8