By Faith We Receive Strength (1)

Genesis Chapter 16, Habakkuk 2:3

"... though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come..."

After hearing God's promises to Abraham and following him for ten years (Gen 16:3), Sarah was getting more worried as she was seventy-five years old, and it was more difficult for her to bear a child. Then, what did she do? She thought she might "help" to fulfil God's promise with human ideas and ways by giving her maid Hagar to her husband Abraham (Gen 16:2). Disappointingly, Abraham listened to her. Abraham failed to encourage Sarah to patiently wait upon God until He fulfilled His promise according to His own ways and good timing. And what were the consequences of their unbelief and disobedience? Sarah was despised by her maid and acknowledged that she was completely wrong (Gen 16:5). Moreover, the son born of Hagar was Ishmael (Gen 16:11), the forefather of the Arabs who have been against Israel until now. So there will be no true peace in the Middle East and in the world until our Saviour Jesus Christ comes to reign as the King of kings on earth.

God will not bless us when we go our own way. Many churches and Bible seminaries have failed to humble themselves and patiently wait upon the Lord for His blessings and revivals as God has instructed. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chro 7:14). What did they do? In order to survive, they have tried to "help" God with their own ideas and ways and used worldly methods to attract more members and students. They have compromised to please men instead of God. What is the consequence? The churches turn worldly, and the seminaries turn liberal, modernist, neo-evangelical and ecumenical! How can they meet the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes (Matt 7:21-23)? What about you?

THOUGHT: Doing my own will and way is foolish!

PRAYER: Lord, help me to wait patiently for Thy work and timing.

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