Pr. 19:2: “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.”
For the about a month, we have been looking for a new home to purchase. We put in an offer on 1 lovely place and someone else beat us out with no chance for us to counter. We have come across a few other places that, before we could gather our thoughts, have gone under contract. All the while, we have been saying that those properties were clearly not the ones God wanted for us and that we want His will.
Meanwhile, our own home has gone under contract and we still have no new home to which we can move.
Yesterday, we drove by a home that has most of the checklist items we desire. We told our agent that we want to go see it, knowing that barring some hidden issue, we will be putting in an offer.
Getting to see the house today did not work out at all…and not for a lack of trying. It was a very frustrating experience, and we got nervous that someone else would get it before us. We then seriously entertained the thought of putting in an offer without seeing the inside. Terrible idea, of course, but we need a place to live!
As we were entertaining this idea, I remembered Abraham and Sarah. God promised Abraham an heir from his own body. When it didn’t happen right away Sarah and Abraham got nervous. Sarah gave Abraham her maidservant, Hagar, so that he could have children by her. God didn’t stop them, but this was certainly not God’s perfect plan for them.
We can read their story and, from the comfort of our reading spot, surmise that if they would have just waited on God there would have been a lot less trouble. When it comes to our own life; however, we can easily make the same mistake.
Today, instead of waiting on God and trusting in His perfect plan, we thought we’d just speed things up and help Him accomplish the goal. What a mess we would have made. Thank God for the knowledge in His Word that the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance.
If this property is the one God wants for us, then He will take care of the details and work it out for us. If it’s not, then He will give us the right property and things will work out much more beautifully in the end.
It’s the waiting that’s hard. When we begin to hasten with our feet we can make a big mess out of things. When we wait on the Lord; however, He renews our strength and has the true promise waiting for us just around the corner.
When we find ourselves growing weary while waiting on the promise, we don’t need to step in and take over, we need to wait a little longer. What God has in store will be better than anything we could ever create on our own.
Looking forward to the promise,