Don't spoil your dinner. Did your mom ever say that to you growing up? It seems right before dinner is the time you get the hungriest, and you feel you just can’t wait. It’s tempting to eat a cheap snack and then have your appetite spoiled for the great meal awaiting. That’s how it can be in life too. We are hungry for things—a job, a spouse, healing—and it feels like we just can’t wait, not even for God. You see, if you have a promise from God for something, it can be tempting at times to make it happen yourself.
A lady named Sarah in the Bible did this—and greatly regretted it. God had told her husband that they would have a son, even though she was old and infertile. But she just couldn’t wait any longer, and so she told her personal maid to sleep with her husband so she could adopt the child as her own. But this wasn’t God’s plan and it caused great heartache for all involved. The Bible says over and over, “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).
Sometimes God’s timing is a little…slow. He does this on purpose. When would we have time to grow faith and trust in Him if we got everything we wanted the second we asked? No, the Bible says instead, “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time” (Psalm 145:15). At the proper time is the key phrase here. What are you waiting for? Don’t do it in your own strength; let God make it happen for you. That doesn’t mean that you have no part in it; it just means you don’t act and do something when you know it isn’t what He wants for you.
You’ve got to know that His plan is way better than yours. God did indeed bless Sarah with her own Son, Isaac, and he brought her great joy and laughter to see God do such a miraculous thing. But she didn’t have to make the mistake of not trusting Him. Take a moment right now to ask God to help you be patient and direct your paths. You can trust His perfect plan for your life.