The Battle of Bunker Hill was a sobering moment in our history. Though technically a British victory, it came at a high cost. The untested Colonial militia held off the frontal onslaught of Howe’s British seasoned regulars and made them pay dearly before the defender’s lines splintered and broke. Legend attributes the order, “don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes,” to one of the Colonial officers. Painfully aware of their low ammunition and lack of bayonets, the colonists calmly awaited the shock of battle, drawing the British into to close combat before firing. Can you imagine the intensity of that moment? How hard it is to wait. We prefer to engage our battles at a comfortable distance.
What is true in warfare is equally true in the combat of faith. We like to exercise our faith at a safe distance, outside of conflict and trial and uncertainty. But faith tested is faith strengthened. In scripture, Abram’s faith is repeatedly tested. Through famine, through prosperity, through barrenness and through birth, God tests and grows Abram’s faith. Waiting is one of the ways God tested Abram. Waiting can be a severe test of our faith. Consider how many times the scripture instruct us to wait before the Lord. Yet we often grow impatient. Impatience with the means or timing of God’s promises tempts us to use accelerants of our own devising. But accelerants are explosive and deadly.
Join us this Lord’s Day, June 25, as we examine the testing of Abraham’s faith from Genesis 16 and consider the temptations we face when God seems silent. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.