"Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them." Genesis 25:26b (NIV)
This morning I began reading about when Isaac's wife Rebekah gave birth to twin sons. One statement caught my eye and I read it a few times.
Genesis 25:26 tells us that Isaac was sixty years old when his boys were born; a simple Bible fact, caught my attention. You see, Isaac had been patient for the Lord to provide the perfect wife; he was forty years old when he married Rebekah. Do the math and you realize Isaac waited twenty years for Rebekah to bear him children! He could have chosen a concubine to bear him a son. But he was a man of great patience who waited on God. Eventually his patient faith was rewarded.
Isaac never gave up hope that his Lord could make the impossible, possible. He had learned that his Lord would provide. So he continued to pray the same desperate prayer for a son, day after day, month after month, year after year. In fact, we learn in Genesis 25:21 that "Isaac pleaded with the Lord" , nothing half hearted about that! He begged. He poured his heart out.
I can see Isaac passionately pleading to God throughout those twenty years, with out-stretched arms and a tear-stained face begging God to answer his prayer.
Isaac was surely tired of the wait, but he never stopped praying or believing that his dreams could come true. And in God's perfect timing, they did.
If Isaac can be patient, so can i!
Psalm 27:14, "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."