Read: Gen. 25:19-34
“And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” Gen. 25:21
Who needs patience?… (insert sarcasm)… All of us! Reading through the account of Isaac and Rebekah, Genesis tells us that the two love birds married when Isaac was forty years old. Eager to have kids and build their family, they soon discovered that Rebekah was barren. For those that remember, Isaac is somewhat familiar with this specific family struggle since his mother was also barren prior to God blessing her with child (that child being Isaac). He must have heard all about it and also seen the turmoil that occurred from Abraham seeking a child through another avenue (Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar), rather than waiting for God’s timing.
Learning from this example, Isaac went to prayer for his wife and for his future family. Around twenty years had passed before Rebekah became pregnant with not one child, but twins. Talk about being blessed! That means they had to quickly upgrade from a two seated camel to a mini-caravan of camels.
Although I am sure waiting twenty years was not in Isaac and Rebekah’s life plans, it was in God’s plan. In fact, the two children that grew in Rebekah’s womb would one day become the start of two nations, Israel and Edom. God knew exactly what He was doing in their lives, just as He does in all of our lives.
Have you ever spent countless hours praying for an answer and had to wait for something that you thought might never come? Now I’m not talking about a request for a new Ferrari or 25-Bedroom Mansion, but rather pleading for a child, the health of a family member, means to pay monthly bills, and the examples could go on forever.
People often question why God doesn’t answer prayers or allows people to suffer, or in the case of Isaac and Rebekah takes twenty years to respond. I once read a quote that stated, “When you ask for something in prayer, God has three possible answers: Yes, Not right now, or I have something better planned for you.” Waiting can be a difficult thing, but it is also necessary at times, as is faith. When prayers do not get immediately answered, continue to pursue God through prayer. I assure you that Isaac did not pray once for a child and figured if and when God gets around to it… He more than likely pursued God in prayer daily. Not only did he pray for a child, but also for his wife. “And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” (v. 21) We are not only called to bring our own requests to God, but to pray for others on their behalf as well. Open communication with God will not only build faith, but it will provide insight into His Will.
So next time you find yourself tested with patience and faith, turn to the Lord in prayer and trust that He will reveal His plan to you in His timing.
Lord, we come to you requesting that you help us to build our patience and to be understanding of your ways. We may not always feel comfortable with waiting, but let us trust that you are in complete control and remember that we are not. We thank you for your faithfulness and ask that you continue to help us pursue you in times of need. May you be glorified in all things, Amen.