Have you ever felt the need to “help” God get His job done? We may not say it out loud. We may not even realize that we doubt God will do what He said He would do. But our actions always reveal what we really believe about God.

I started reading the Bible through in January, so I’ve been reading in Genesis the last two weeks. Both Abraham and Sarah took matters into their own hands when they didn’t trust God to do what He promised.

Can you imagine the conversation between Sarah and Abraham? “Honey, I know God promised to make you into a great nation (Genesis 12.) I know He promised that you would have a son of your own (Genesis 15). But Abe sweetie, God is taking a really long time and I’m not getting any younger. I’ve got a great plan to get this thing done. You know my maidservant Hagar…”

You can read about how Sarah’s plan turned out in Genesis 16 and 21. The son birthed through Sarah’s plan was not the fulfillment of God’s promise. God had something much greater in mind. In fact, in retrospect Sarah’s plan seems silly compared to what God intended.

But I can’t be too harsh on Sarah because I’ve done the same thing numerous times. I sense God has plans and purposes, but rather than waiting on Him to bring them about in His way, I rush ahead on my own. My actions reveal my heart: I erroneously believe God needs me to make things happen.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands, and He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:24-25).

This reminder from Scripture doesn’t pull any punches. God does not need me to do anything for Him. He made everything – including me. He’s got it under control.

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