Fresh Hope – 12th January 2018

Have you every made a decision in a rush, and regretted it!? Often when we rush a decision, it actually costs us more in the long run.

In the spirit of being engaged to be married, I rushed into buying a wedding dress! Retailers told me I had to get a wedding dress as soon as possible. So I purchased a dress too quickly out of fear and impatience, instead of taking my time and looking around to find the right one. In the end I ended up scrapping the wedding dress, and buying a second dress! (Dress one is for sale if anyone is interested!).

Sometimes the price to pay for being impatient is more than just a dress. Sometimes it costs the generations that follow.

Look at the story of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham was given a promise from God that he was going to be the father of many nations (Genesis 17:4). But when things in the natural didn’t look like they were matching up with that which God had promised, Abraham became impatient and thought he would take matters into his own hands. He would get his servant pregnant instead of His wife. He wanted to rush the timing of God. The result not only delayed the promise of God, but caused pain, not just for Abraham and Sarah, but many generations to follow.

Not trusting the timing of God and taking matters into your own hands is a dangerous place to be.

Assess what motivates your decision making. Are you bored? Are you following short-term feelings, rather than thinking bigger picture?

God made us to be powerful people. He made it clear from the start that we are not robots and gave us the ability to choose. Look at Adam and Eve for example. Our choices have a domino effect on not only our lives, but generations following. Use the power of your choice in a positive way.

God is a generational God. You will find pages and pages of scripture that simply mention the order of generations. In Matthew 1:1-16 alone it mentions 14 generations 3 times, then in verse 17 it says again 14 generations 3 times for a total of 42 generations! Why would God bother mentioning all these names? Because generations are important to God. It takes more than one generation to accomplish the monumental work the Lord wants to produce. He wants to do great things in your family and with your family, but the victory of your children often rides on the choices you make for yourself today. Like children can spend many years having to work through that which their parents didn’t do right, let your children instead run even further with that which you did do right! Let the choices you make today be spirit led, not flesh led. Let them be governed by the voice and timing of God, not the drive of instant gratification. Live with a generational mindset and see that even your children and children’s children will reap the rewards of your lifetime of wise choices!

‘For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay’ (Habakkuk 2:3).

Emma Montesi

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