Me? I don’t mind it at all, so I’m the designated tooth-snatcher in the family.
I find it sort of fascinating.
Anyway, our youngest son, Kaleb, lost another tooth today.
I didn’t have to tug on it. It virtually fell into my hand. It didn’t hurt him at all and he was actually relieved once it was out.
For weeks, he has been checking in to see if the time was right to get rid of that baby tooth.
“Not yet, buddy,” I’d tell him after wiggling it back and forth. Though I could move it, I knew it was still firmly rooted in its place. Trying to dislodge it then would have hurt him.
The secret of successful teeth-pulling, I find, is simply not attempting to pull them before they’re ready. When the right moment arrives, there’s no resistance and no pain.
If we could keep this lesson in mind in our everyday lives, we would not grow so impatient and frustrated while waiting on God. We also would be less inclined to do what Abram and Sarai did in Genesis 16.
God promised them a child in old age—something that didn’t seem likely. After significant time passed and Sarai did not conceive, she came up with her own plan.
The Bible says she offered up her handmaid Hagar; Abram impregnated this female servant and that’s where all the trouble began.
After Hagar got pregnant, she despised Sarai, creating strife between the two women.
Things were now out of order, tense and difficult.
You see, Sarai is the one God chose to carry that seed, but because she didn’t have enough faith, she abdicated her responsibilities to a servant. That single move upset the balance of the household and introduced drama into her life.
None of that would have happened had Sarai not moved out of season and implemented her own plan, instead of waiting on God.
When you don’t wait, things negatively shift. Situations don’t get better, but worse.
Have you ever jumped ahead of God, done something out of season and created a disaster? Have you ever gone into fix-it mode, moved forward in haste and wreaked havoc in your own life?
This is precisely what happened here.
The Bible says, as a result of the antagonistic relationship, Sarai mistreated the handmaid and she ran away. Though the Word of God doesn’t specify what Sarai did to Hagar, it was bad enough to make her flee.
Clearly, this whole thing was a big old mess.
Despite that, in the midst of the chaos, God intervened. He pursued Hagar in the wilderness and told her the child she was carrying would be a boy named Ishmael.
That name means “God has heard.”
The Lord heard Hagar’s cries. He knew her condition was a byproduct of her owners’ failure to trust His timing.
Friend, if you can remember that God hears you, you never have to create your own “Ishmael,” which represents the fruit of human maneuvering.
Giving birth to a seed you planted rather than one God implanted is hard. Leaning to your own understanding instead of acknowledging God in all your ways as Proverbs 3:6 instructs, makes the journey much longer and the road much rockier.
When the plan originates with you and not God, bringing it all together feels arduous and impossible.
On the other hand, if you let God do it, by trusting His providence and timing, things will be much easier.
When it comes to wanting things to happen in your life, don’t force it. If you try to make moves before the season is right, you’ll hurt yourself and you still won’t get what you’re after.
Trust God and be patient.
James 1:4 KJV says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, remember, your time will come. Don’t force it. Wait patiently upon the Lord.
You'll be so glad you did.
Now let’s pray.
God, I believe that my season of release and breakthrough is on the way. In the meantime, help me not to grow impatient, but rather, to trust Your timing, which is always perfect. In Jesus name’ Amen.
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