Waiting on God vs. Playing God
Written by Ashaki K. Sorrell -- Detroit, MI Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:55
The life of Sarai (Genesis 11) and Hannah (1 Samuel 1) have many parallels. They both were barren.They both desired a child. They both had to wait to receive what they desired. However, Sarai took matters into her own hands and manipulated the situation by playing God. The results were disastrous for all involved. While, Hannah took her desires to God and waited for Him to fulfill them in His way and timing. Whatever your desire may be for your life, the call is to wait for His response. Father surely knows best!
Talk about Your Troubles to God
Troubles and trials are inevitable until we cross into heaven. Since we will all face them, the key is to respond to them righteously. When Hannah experienced troubles, she took them to the Lord in prayer (1 Samuel 1:10). Just like Jesus in the Garden of Gesthamene (Matthew 26:36-44), Hannah allowed her emotions to pull her closer to the Father. However, Sarai was more focused on solving her troubles so she devised a scheme (Genesis 16:2-3). God wants to hear our troubles because He cares about us (1 Peter 5:7) and He is strong enough to handle them.
Maintain Proper View of God
Hannah had a clear view of who God was during her time of waiting. She viewed God as all powerful and even addressed Him as such. “She made a promise, saying, “Lord All-Powerful, see how sad I am. Remember me and don’t forget me. If you will give me a son, I will give him back to you all his life, and no one will ever cut his hair with a razor.” – 1 Samuel (NCV). If we minimize God during our season of waiting, we open the door to Satan’s lie that we should handle the situation ourselves. Learn the names of God and address Him using those names.
Listen to God’s Voice
Abram foolishly listened to Sarai’s voice over the voice of God (Genesis 2c). There was an absence of the Word of God in their relationship. There is more focus on Sarai’s words than God’s. No one wins when we manipulate situations. In playing God, we emphasize what we want people to do versus what God wants them to do. Essentially, we are saying that we know better than God knows. But, listening to God helps us to wait righteously. It helps us to know that He is not withholding any good from us (Psalm 84:11).
Waiting is not always an easy task. However, during the time of waiting, God is pruning our characters to believe Him a little more each step of the way. He is whispering to us that He is enough and that His will is perfect and pleasing. He has plans for our lives, but we cannot interrupt them by taking the reins and playing God.
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