“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your way, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Abraham and Sarah were given a promise of children, but Sarah was unable to conceive. Instead of waiting on God for the promise, she tried to hurry the promise herself by allowing Abraham to have her servant, Hagar. Hagar was only doing what she was told, but when she conceived, Sarah became furious. Although, Sarah had made the mistake, she took her anger out on Hagar and made her leave with her child. Sarah didn’t wait on God. She did what she thought she needed to do to hurry the promise and ended up making a mess of it all.
Later, when Abraham and Sarah were told that Sarah would conceive, she laughed at the thought of someone her age having a baby. She saw the promise as impossible.
Sometimes we try to hurry the promises of God. When He doesn’t answer when we think He should, we try to take matters into our own hands. When we do this, we only make a mess of things. We spend so much time trying to figure out how we can make the promise happen that by the time it does happen, we are like Sarah and laugh. God doesn’t need our help with fulfilling a promise, after all, it is His promise to you.
Nothing is impossible with God. If we give God all the control in fulfilling the promise, things will go much better. Don’t be like Sarah and think you need to take over, let God do the work and you’ll see your promise happen!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to wait on Your promises for my life. Teach me to wait on Your timing and not mine. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Devotion by Mishelle Nally
“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine’” (Isaiah 43:1).
I suppose one of the most mind-boggling things to me is that of the 7.63 billion people alive on the earth today, God knows my name. Me. Personally. He knows where I live, what I think, and what abilities I possess. He even knows how many hairs are on my head (Matthew 10:30). My finite mind has trouble grasping this infinite knowledge of our great God, but it is reassuring not frightening.
Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
How can I have a bad day when I realize God is thinking precious thoughts about me—so many wonderful thoughts that they are as abundant as grains of sand. They are so numerous I would have trouble counting them all! But that is our loving God. He sees each of us as an individual. He knows our personality quirks. He understands our worries. He sees our heart’s desires. He created us and has known us since we were cradled in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14).
God knows your name. He thinks about you constantly. You have significance with Him, and He has a plan and purpose for your life as well.
“I have even called you by your name” (Isaiah 45:4). Hug that thought to yourself today.
Prayer: As I start my day, Lord, it is comforting and powerful that You know my name and You think precious thoughts about me. No matter the struggles I may face today, no matter the disappointments or hurts I may endure, You haven’t forgotten me. You know who I am, and You have good plans for me. You assure me I am Yours. Thank You for Your amazing, mind-boggling love. I love You too!