We are a wanting people. A people who hold one thing our hands but dream about receiving something else as soon as humanly possible.
We are a people who dream big and set goals and have ideas of what would make us happy, satisfied, content. And I don’t think we’ll ever stop. I don’t think we should ever stop.
Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.
But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son?”
The problem with our wanting is that it’s middle ground wanting. It’s the wanting within our realm, the natural realm, the only world we know.
There are two other kinds of wanting, however.
You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.
There is the wanting that comes after the middle ground wanting when you’ve waited so long and you’re so thirsty that you’ll drink anything, even if it doesn’t quench your thirst or bring life to your bones. You’ve convinced yourself that you’ll never get what you wanted in the first place so you settle for second best. You settle for what kind of satisfies you but doesn’t really because you know it’s so much less than what you wanted.
Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
The wanting He wants us to have is the wanting for what He has to offer.
We can remain on our middle ground wanting, asking for what we think would be best. We can get disappointed when what we want doesn’t come to us within our allotted time table and settle for something second best, less than, and mediocre.
We can stop wanting on middle ground. We can go outside and lie on our backs and attempt to count the stars, and when we can’t count them all we can remember that the lord has so much more in store for us than what we’re wanting.
He could’ve just given Abram a son. One son. But instead, he gave him millions. Millions. And because of that, we now get to claim the promise of God to Abram:
So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.
Let us not stay on middle ground wanting for one second longer.
Let us not let time and circumstances discourage us from holding on to what we know God wants for us.
Let us not settle.
Let us not reign ourselves in.
Let us let ourselves go wild and tell ourselves over and over again in a day that “greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world” and “His thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways.”
Let us hold unswervingly to this Hope we profess.
Let us keep wanting and keep dreaming, but never think for a moment that this is the best we can accomplish, for with God, all things are possible.