Date: Saturday, May 31
Scripture: Genesis 21:1-7
Verse: She became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Abraham when he was old, at the very time God had told him. (Genesis 21:2)
My son’s high school band director has a saying he drills into his students, “Early is on time. On time is late. And late is unacceptable.” He wants them ready to play at the time he gives, and not just showing up. I get it. I don’t like being late. I sometimes leave for appointments so early, I end up sitting in the parking lot noodling around on my phone for 10-15 minutes before going in. It can be a burden, but I’d rather do that than be late. There are others in my life, who have no problem being late. I once had a friend to whom we would give a time for an event 30 minutes before the time we gave everyone else so we would all arrive at the same time. Some thought our friend was inconsiderate. I just think it was how he’s wired.
Sometimes God can seem like that consistently late friend. We seem to spend a good deal of time waiting for him. Abraham and Sarah certainly must have felt that way. The readings this week have taken us through their 25 year journey with God, waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise of a son, the offspring, the nation that would come from them. Finally, finally, God comes through and Isaac — the one they had prayed for, the promise they tried to force, the impossible prayer they eventually laughed about — is born, the Bible says, “at the very time God had told him.” God’s timing is perfect, no matter how frustrated we might be with that.
Maybe you are in that frustrating place between the promise received and the promise fulfilled. Maybe you are waiting on God to give you an answer, a gift, an opportunity. Know God will come through at just the right time for him. The band director is right when it comes to getting ready for a concert, but when we are waiting for God, there is no early or late. There is only God’s perfect timing.
Prayer: Grant me patience, O God, as I wait for the fulfillment of your promises in my life. Amen.
Action: Make an effort to be more patient in the day ahead, looking for God as you slow your pace.
Respond: Are you typically late, early, or on time?
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