Running ahead of God

By Charles R. Swindoll

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Genesis 16:1–8, 11–12, 15–16

Impatience allows the enthusiasm of the flesh to eclipse the work of the Spirit. God often says, “Wait,” but our flesh always says, “Now!” This tension creates the perfect condition for believers to run ahead of God. God has a plan, but we struggle with His timing. Instead of waiting on Him, we take matters into our own hands. Genesis 16 records a classic example of running ahead of God. Abram and Sarai devised a scheme to “help” God fulfill His promises. This episode in Abram's life should remind us to wait on the Lord, not only believing His promises but also trusting His timing.

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