I turned up at the airport full of anticipation for my scheduled trip, only to be told that the flight would not be leaving that day, due to adverse weather conditions at my destination. I have spent many frustrating hours of delay at airports over the years, but that was the first time I had to settle down for a full 24! Yahweh took great care of me – but it was a long wait!
Sarah was an 80-year old woman beyond the menopause and childless. Her husband was even older, so understandably, when she heard Yahweh promising them both a son, she laughed! But husband, Abraham, believed, because he trusted the Source of the promise. Even so, Sarah didn’t become pregnant at once, or even that year – or the next. It leaves my frustrating airport delay standing, doesn’t it? As the years mounted up, the promise seemed, more and more, to be way beyond possible fulfilment. Yet after a 10-year delay, Isaac was born, child of the promise, destined to become a great nation. But that part of the promise to Abraham [see Genesis 12:1-2] would take centuries to be fulfilled.
How many, I wonder, have experienced delay in the fulfilment of one or more promises that Yahweh has made to us? I have, certainly! Do you remain steadfast, like Abraham, or begin to doubt the Source? Well-known editor and author, Charles Trumbull, made this extraordinary observation, “I can be sure that part of [Yahweh’s] promised blessing to me is delay and suffering.” It was a new thought for me, to consider that delay and suffering could be part of the promise.
Years ago, I read something that amused me: “If our ancestors missed a stagecoach, they settled down for a week to await the next one; we get frustrated if we miss a revolving door.” How much more is this true of today’s world. Yet Yahweh has all the time He needs to do all the work He needs to prepare us for His eternal kingdom. Yes, there will be delays and suffering, but through it all His promises are sure, and He is always in control. We can trust our Source!
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