Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
~ Galatians 6:9 ~
I am in awe of God’s patience in the midst of our impatience. The things that are revealed when we study His Word amazes me beyond belief.
I ponder this thought provoking moment in history. When Abram was promised by God the Almighty Promiser that he would have a son. This was of great concern to Abram as he was quite concerned who he would leave his inheritance to as he was without children. He asked the Lord with great disappointment, I’m going to leave all that I have to my servant? The Word of the Lord came to him and encouraged him greatly taking him outside and showing him the stars in the heavens and told him to count the stars, if you can do such a thing. What God had shown Abram was an analogy of what his offspring would be. After great doubt and needing proof of such a promise, time passed, and the promise seemed to fade. The authentic promise already existed in God’s realm of time which is eternal, not to be contained. However, the promised son had not yet been made manifest in their life in their time which consists of boundaries.
Well, we all know that they grew impatient. They waited for many years for the promise, but were they waiting on The Promiser? It is obvious that the promise faded as their focus for a moment was not on their Promiser.
The counterfeit can’t be a counterfeit unless there is an original…the authentic thing, correct? Well, in this knowing, the counterfeit is now entertaining the mind of Sara and the helpmate to Abram becomes influenced by The Counterfeiter. She whispers her influence into her husband’s ear and tells him to go sleep with her maidservant, Hagar. The counterfeit is conceived and made manifest as Ishmael comes forth. It’s amazing that Sara’s influence conceived ‘til this day the enemy to the lineage of God.
Soon after Sara becomes pregnant with the promise of God by the seed of her husband, Abram, the authentic comes forth…Isaac.
The question I ask myself, “Am I waiting on the ‘Isaac’”? Or “Am I going to grow weary and settle for the Ishmael?”
These questions lead me to how many times the counterfeit comes before the authentic. It is truly a fact that the counterfeit cannot exist without there being an authentic. But through the patterns of life, many times we will see the counterfeit manifest first.
This leads me to ask myself, “Will I wait on the promise?” In the waiting God Almighty shall renew our strength. What is the Source of our strength? It is the Joy of the Lord. So joy comes with a purpose…it comes to bring strength in the midst of waiting. Why do we need strength in the midst of waiting? So we don’t grow weary in doing well (Galatians 6:9 & II Thessalonians 3:13).
I am reminded today that not only is Joy something that is of the Lord…but it is Who He is! The Lord is our strength who provides joy through affliction and weariness.
Do you remember the moment when the three men came to Abraham who were of the Lord? The Lord said to Abraham, “I will return about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” As Sarah was listening, she knew her own circumstances…she was way beyond the age of giving birth to a child. In that moment she laughed with great doubt. After she laughed the Lord confronted her and said, “Is there anything to hard for the Lord?” Afraid, Sarah denied that she ever laughed, however, the Lord said, “Yes you did laugh.” (Genesis18:1-15). I ponder this passage. I wonder, if in her laughter of doubt, revealing weariness, did God’s joy come upon her? In that Joy of Who He was, is and is to come, He has provided, provides and will provide His strength through His Joy and His promise will be fulfilled in our lives.
Will I wait? Or will I grow weary? I pray I wait!