The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is … Slow. You can click at the bottom of this post to get to Kate Motaung’s site and read all that has been shared on this word.
The decision had just about been made not to do the FMF linkup this week. But then, that was before I read the word prompt. Funny how that one word can prompt one to think and then you feel the need to write it all down.
Slow – moving with less speed than required or needed.
It’s not a word which applies to my family as we tend to do a lot of things on the fast side. Therefore, the expectation is also that God should respond or act quickly as well.
Slow is a beautiful description of the manner in which God fulfilled His promise to Abraham. Slowly. Abraham was seventy five years old when God first spoke to him. He was one hundred when Sarah gave birth. Twenty five years of waiting on a promise.
Earlier this morning, as I continued reading about Abraham, I see a man who is just like me – has doubt. At this point, Abraham had been led by God, spoken to by God, and yet, he still doubts. In fact, Scripture tells us Abraham laughed in disbelief. In The Message, it uses the word “recovering’ giving the impression that Abraham had to get a hold of his laughter to continue talking with God.
I don’t know about you, but it encourages me when I read these times of doubt in our great people of faith and feats. Doubt will not cut us off from God if we come before Him and openly admit it to Him. I learned that He doesn’t hold back His blessing because of doubt or even love me less. In fact, I think our being transparent before Him moves Him to action to build up our faith. He does this to encourage us in our walk with Him, to draw us closer to Him, and to grow even greater faith in us.
Our God is not slow.
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:8-9, NLT)
This morning I am reminded:
Our God works in His own time and not my time.
Our God is not slow