Devotional - January 9th, 2017
Scripture: Genesis 15, 16
Devotional: It has been quite a long morning thus far. As I am writing this I am about 30,000 feet in the air headed to Columbus, Ohio. I am headed this week to Ohio for business and am a bit nervous about the weather, and meeting some of my clients for the first time, but it should be fun. This is one of several trips that I will be taking this year.
I woke up today around am with a flight leaving at 6:10 am, so you can only imagine how rushed my morning was, but as I drove to the airport all I thought about was getting into scripture. I mean what I say when I want to keep consistency and the right momentum in my life. It is easy to stay in rhythm when everything is going as planned, but what happens when life takes some turns? For me, I am not going to allow anything to get in the way of what I believe God is calling me to fulfill in my life and it all starts with prayer and His word. If I can’t stay in communication with God, then nothing else matters. I asked this question last week in one of my devotionals and it is truly something that is challenging me and it is how much more can I get of God? I always asked myself this question another way; how much should you be giving to God? Well, not this year! I am determined to get as much of God as I possibly can, but that will involve me, involving Him into every area of my life, which can be scary. Sorry if I am not going right into today’s scripture, but I just had a lot on my mind on this Monday morning.
As I read Genesis 15 today it laid out Abraham’s conversation to God about his legacy. I love the question that Abraham asks God, “O, Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Prior to this and even the verse before God was declaring promises to him and even in verse 1 goes on to say, “…and your reward will be great”. I can imagine Abraham thinking, “Man this all sounds good, but I don’t even have one single descendant” Don’t we find ourselves in the same situation? We hear time and time again that God has great things in store for us, but we ask ourselves, where is it? But as you read on through this chapter and chapter 16 you see that Abraham and his wife Sarai become impatient. That tells me that it must have been several more years after God declared his promise to Abraham, that it still was not complete.
As much as we don’t want to be patient, patience brings growth and deep development within us. It puts us in the right perspective and opens our hearts to God’s will.
Don’t we get impatient waiting on God. I can raise both of my hands to this. I feel like my whole life has been a patience game. I could write you a book about how many times I have waited on God to come through for me, but you’ll be surprised to hear this, I needed it and still do. We all need to wait on God. As much as we don’t want to be patient, patience brings growth and deep development within us. It puts us in the right perspective and opens our hearts to God’s will. God is a God of timing, perfect timing. What we want may not be bad, but it may not be the right time.
I started this devotional around am and now it is 9:45 pm. When I said that nothing is stopping me this year I meant it. Let’s hold each other accountable this year to do everything that we can and to fulfill what James 4:8 says, “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you”
Prayer: I pray that this year you become more patient in the Lord and wait on his perfect timing.
Challenge: What are some areas that you need to be patient in? What have you been waiting on God for? Write down every area and declare that this year you will see it come to pass.