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Waiting On the LORD
By Brian Price 7/14/2012

"1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.

6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

7 And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram." - Genesis 16:-1-16

Here we read of Abraham and Sarah. In chapter 16 of Genesis, we read that Abraham and Sarah had a conversation in regards to the fact that they could not have children. Although God had made a promise to Abraham in the previous chapter that he would give Abraham a son, Abraham and Sarah decided to take matters into their own hands, and they decided to try to have a child outside of the will of God instead of waiting on the Lord to pull through on his promise.

First notice Sarah's desperation. Verse 1 says, "Now Sarai, Abram's wife bare him no children." Here we can see that Sarah was most likely discouraged in the fact that she could not have children. Proverbs says that, "There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough." - Proverbs 30:15-16

Proverbs says that the barren womb is never satisfied. Ladies, if you've never been able to have children, you can perhaps relate to the frustration and discouragement that Sarah had in not being able to have children. It can be one of the most discouraging things that can happen to a woman. While everyone else is out having babies by the scores, you are out there, alone. Just you and your husband. What good, godly woman would not want to hold a precious baby in her arms? What woman would not want to cuddle and comfort a child that she can call her own?

It is only natural. And God knows this.

But notice Sarah's solution. Verse 2 says, "And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai."

Ladies, do not think that your solution is always going to work. Sometimes, when God takes a long time to come through on his promise, he is testing our patience and faith. The Bible says that God bears long with his elect. Which means he often takes his time. When God takes his time to come through for you, make sure that you wait.

The Bible says, "7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." - Psalms 37:7-9

Waiting is not an easy thing. My daughter says to me often, "Daddy, I hate waiting. I don't want to wait." And why? Because she wants her food now, or she wants her toy now. But she has to wait. Sometimes, its necessary. Food doesn't just cook in 2 minutes. It often has to sit in the oven for a while, and then when it's done cooking, it's ready to be served. Likewise, when God takes his time, sometimes it's for a reason. Perhaps the thing he is wanting to give to you takes some time to prepare. It is not just going to happen over night.

Lastly, notice Abraham's choice to comply with Sarah's irrational decision in the second half of verse 2. It says, "And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai."

Ladies, when you suggest to your man that he do what you want him to do, don't expect him to put up a fight. Often, a man will do whatever he can to please his wife. He wants to see his wife happy, and as the old saying goes, Happy wife, happy life.

Abraham chose to hearken to the voice of his wife, just like what Adam did when Eve handed him the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Although Abraham had perfect understanding of God's promise to him, he still chose the wrong route to go down, all in the name of pleasing his wife.

Often, when a wife usurp's her position over her husband, disaster will strike. When the wife demands of her husband to spend more than what their agreed upon budget is for personal lust, disaster strikes. When the wife demands of her husband to give her something that only God can give her, disaster strikes.

Many times, when the devil wants to break up a home, he will begin with the wife. He will often try to convince her that God will not come through on his promise, that it's pointless waiting. He will try to tell the woman that it's the husband's fault that she is miserable, or that he's a worthless deadbeat, and she could find better elsewhere. He'll say, "Why are you still with that loser? He doesn't appreciate you. You deserve better. Look at so-so's husband. He does everything for his wife. But yours, he just sits on the couch all day and watches football." Or he'll say, "Your husband spends more time reading his bible than he does with you. He doesn't love you. Look at him. He doesn't even care about you or your children. Just leave him."

Lie after lie after lie, he'll accuse the man to the wife. And when this is done, the wife will either believe the lie, and leave, or she will choose to believe God, and stick it out. Sarah, unfortunately decided to trust her feelings instead of waiting on God.

You know, God has a plan and a purpose for every man and woman in every marriage. Marriage was created for enjoyment. It was created as a means for stability in society. It was created for God's glory, and for the purpose of raising godly children.

The Bible says, "1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." - 1 Timothy 3:1-6

A man's position in the home is to be the husband of one wife, not two. He is to love his children and love his wife. He is to be patient, not a drunkard, nor an abuser. He should not abuse his family with belittling words or rule over them with hatred. Love should rule supreme in every home.

Likewise, the wives also have a position in the home.

The Bible says, "3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." - Titus 2:3-5

Notice the Bible says that the women ought to do these things that the word of God be not blasphemed. And do you know who would be the ones blaspheming if the wives fail to follow these instructions? Those on the outside. The unbelievers.

"Oh did you hear about so-so's wife? She works outside the home, sends her kids to public school, and doesn't have any love or respect for her husband. Talk about a 'good Christian.'"

This world loves to see rebellious women. You can see it all over the magazines. "Katie Holmes leaves Tom Cruise. Katie is a hero for feminists."

Or you hear about this celebrity, or that one. The world loves that kind of rebellion in the home. But not God.

God hates that. Wives, submit to your husbands. Husbands, love your wives.

You know, God will come through for you if you'll just wait on him. Don't give up on your spouse. Don't give up on God. God knows there is brokenness in the home. He knows what's going on. He sees. But, you just need to be the faithful one, even if your spouse is not being faithful. Just hang in there. Do what God has told you to do. And you'll be alright.

Wait on the Lord.

Now, if you do not know the Lord, let me tell you that you are outside of the promises of God. Your broken home cannot be mended without Jesus Christ. The only husband that will ever be faithful to you is Jesus. The only husband who will not beat you is Jesus. The only husband who will meet your needs is Jesus. He always provides. Jesus is not a deadbeat dad. He loves his own. He is the best husband.

And let me exhort you that if you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you should do that today. He is the answer to all of our problems. We all need Jesus.

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