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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Dear Colleagues,

THE CONSEQUENCES OF TAKING GODS TIMING INTO OUR OWN HANDS:

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Cruising speed on the freeway yesterday was 81 miles per hour. My email is received and transmitted in micro-seconds. The Dow drops or rises in the wink of an eye affecting ga-zillions of dollars. Living as we do in this now environment, learning to move with God on His timetable does not come easily. Or naturally!

In Genesis 12 God promises Abraham an heir and a great nation

. A significant period of time later (Genesis 15), Abraham complains that the heir has not been forthcoming. Sarah picks up on Abrahams frustration and decides to take matters into her own hands. Following is a chronicle of her foolish impatience due to her lack of faith:

She angrily blames God

– "Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no childrenSo she said to Abram, The Lord has kept me from having children."

She superimposes her plan over Gods

"[Sarai] said to Abram, Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."

She violates others

"Abram agreed to what Sarai saidSaraitook her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceivedSarai said to Abram: Your servant is in your hands, Abram said. Do with her whatever you think best. Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her."

She despises and blames others

"When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me"

She is responsible for producing a long term "solution" with dire consequences

God said, "[Ishmael] will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers." Thus the birth of the Arab people and the on-going, mutually hostile relationship between them and Israel over these many centuries.

In our impatience to see God act, it behooves us to understand that He sovereignly chooses His own "appointed time.

" (Psalm 75:2b) The frustration for us lies in the fact that Gods timing usually does not mesh with ours. "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." (2 Pet. 3:8b) As we wait for the fulfillment of His promise and will, we need to learn to rest in the fact that it is His intention to make "everything beautiful in its time" ++ (See Heb. 11:11-13)

Somy fellow pilgrim, are you and I choosing amidst the madness of our micro-second, warp speed culture – to step back and rest in the character and promises of our Sovereign God, as He wisely accomplishes His will in His time?

If not, are we willing to live with the inevitably dire consequences?

+Genesis 16 Selected; ++Ecc. 3:11b

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