Abram (meaning “high father”) was an elderly man of 75 years when God promised he would become “Abraham” (which means “the father of many nations”). Ten years later, Abraham and Sarah were yet to see the manifestation of that promise. That’s when they believed they needed to “make” things happen themselves and entered into a compromise. Abraham fathered a son, Ishmael, with Hagar, Sarah’s servant – but Ishmael was not the son of the promise.
In life, you will have many opportunities to produce an Ishmael, if you feel God isn’t moving fast enough or making good on His promises in the time frame you would prefer. Resist the temptation to make decisions that will compromise what God has promised to do Himself – in His perfect time. Don’t take matters into your own hands, lest you find yourself settling for something that’s not God’s best for you.
Commit your ways to Him, listening intently to His voice, only moving when He directs you. This way you will remain fully persuaded that He will do exactly that which He has promised, in His perfect time.