“As Isaiah said, ‘Rejoice, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into a joyful shout, you who have never been in labor! For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband!’” (Galatians 4.27 NLT).
Paul recites a verse from the Old Testament found in Isaiah 54. He is discussing about two different ways to gain God’s promise: One, we can attempt to achieve our promise by force and human ingenuity. Two, we can patiently receive our promise by resting and waiting for God’s supernatural provision. This is the choice that Abraham was confronted with and failed the first time, but, thankfully, God’s promises are based on His faithfulness, not ours. Abraham birthed two sons: one spawned out of performance and the other out of promise. Eventually, the son birthed outside of God’s will was cut away from the promised son, Isaac. We may feel “barren” for a time as we wait on God, but we must always trust in His faithfulness to be true to what He says—we will give birth to our promise! If we try to take over the process of our promise coming to fruition, it will not be established in God’s supernatural power and favor, and we will have to carry and maintain the weight of our promise in our own strength. But if we let God’s process and timing take over, He will carry and maintain our promise in His mighty strength, blessing it with His abundance and goodness. It’s best not to rush God. He knows when the time is right to establish His promises in our lives. We can work diligently in obedience to the Holy Spirit, moving by faith according to His word for our lives.
“But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son” (Galatians 4.30 NLT).
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