Hebrews 6:12,15 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. 15And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
This may seem like a strange pairing of scriptures but something in both of them seemed to connect for me today. Starting with verse 15, the writer of Hebrews states that Abraham received what God had promised him… after waiting patiently. We are such a people of instant gratification. Aren’t we? We watch TV “on demand,” if you don’t answer a phone call you get texted, facebooked, emailed and any other means necessary to get you to answer. Because someone needs answers NOW. Voicemail these days is for the patient. It’s almost like playing the lottery anymore. “Well I guess I will leave a message and cross my fingers and hope I get a call back.”
But Abraham would have left the voicemail. He probably would have even sent the letter in the mail. Can you believe it? You see, God promised him something and he – wait for it – waited. Oh my goodness, what is that? I refuse to wait in line at the store for more than 5 minutes. I demand my hot fresh McDonalds burger to be ready in like 2. What is wrong with us? We have forgotten how to wait. Not Abraham though; he knew how to wait. The promises of God are not always going to be an instant gratification fulfillment. Rather if we can learn to wait, we can gain one of the best medications for the soul – hope. Waiting patiently and believing in the promises of God produces in us a hope that brings joy and excitement and anticipation. So we must wait.
However, in our waiting (now to verse 12) we must not be lazy. ” Oh God provide for me and my family as I sit on this couch.” Uh, no. Laziness is not the same thing as waiting on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord involves an active faith. Waiting on the Lord involves doing our part. So today, let’s stand on the promises of God for our lives! Just don’t be lazy about it.