This morning I was sitting here staring at my Bible, hoping that God would suddenly color a couple sentences with yellow highlighter to help me clearly understand what He is doing behind the scenes, and that my waiting is not in vain!! I knew I would feel better if I could just get a little message from God this morning.
And you know what? He did just that.
Today’s reading in my Chronological Bible was about Abraham and his descendants. After I got through reading all the genealogy information, which can get a little tedious, I began to read about the births of Jacob and Esau, the sons of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham.
Now this is a story that I am very familiar with, where Rebekah bears twin sons with Isaac, and that Esau was red and hairy when he was born, and Jacob was grasping Esau’s heel.
But as I read through the pages, God did highlight a sentence for me – not with yellow highlighter, of course, but in my heart. After reading this sentence, my eyes averted right back to the beginning, and I read it again. I believe that God illuminated that verse in my spirit and it suddenly gained new meaning.
That sentence can be found in Genesis 25:26, which says that Isaac was sixty years old when his twins were born. Honestly, I really never paid much attention to how old Isaac was, and maybe to you, that sentence does not seem that mind blowing.
But today this verse jumped out at me, because I had just read in Genesis 25:19, that Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah. Let’s do the math here – twenty years! Isaac had waited twenty years for God to answer his prayers for Rebekah to bear him some children.
Twenty years?! Wow, that is a long time to wait for anything. But the important truth here, is that Isaac never gave up hope that His Lord could make the impossible, become possible, and that His Lord was listening to his prayers.
Another thing that stuck out to me today was in Genesis 25:21, where it says “Isaac pleaded with the Lord”. The word “pleaded” is a strong word, which actually means to appeal or ask earnestly for something, and to use arguments or persuasions to try to get someone to come around to your point of view.
So it appears through this verse, that Isaac did not simply just ask God to give him some sons, he begged. He pleaded. He probably laid face first on the ground on more than one occasion over those twenty years and poured out his heart to God. He probably let God know all about how he was feeling, his concerns, his hurts, and his disappointments. The fact that he “pleaded” with God, sounds as if he had heated prayer time with God, telling God all the reasons why he needed his prayer answered. And I can only imagine that he probably spent a lot of time gently persuading God that if He answered his prayers that He would surely be glorified through it.
I can relate to Isaac doing that, because I too find myself pleading to God sometimes, and trying to explain to him how badly I want Him to answer my prayers. I have found myself telling God that I would give him all the glory if He would just answer those prayers. I would make it worth His blessing. Please, please, please God? And how about right now?
But this passage reminds me that God not only listens, understands, cares and hears…. He answers. Maybe not when we want, or how we want, but He answers.
Maybe it will take twenty years to get His answer to my prayers. Or maybe it will take twenty minutes. But today, I am finding peace in being reminded that God is not unaware of my concerns or my hurts, and He is not tired of hearing from me, but instead, He is just waiting until the right time.
Today, I choose to pray for patience in the waiting, and strength to believe that one day, my prayer will be answered.