Delay Does Not Equal Denial

Like you, most people are waiting on God for something they have been praying and praying about. They see God answer prayer for others, or they do get answers for some of their prayers. But that one… that big one, that really important one… well, the answer just seems to be taking sooooooo long.

Has the Lord said no? If not, and you are right with Him, then look up! Hope on! For “faith is being SURE of what we hope for, and CERTAIN of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1)

Have you asked the Lord that if it is not of Him, He will take away the desire? If so, and you still long for it to come to pass, then accept that He has put it there in you.

God works through prayer. But yes, He does, almost always, work very differently than the way we would. And why does He often take so long to bring about the answer? Well, does it not push us to commune with Him more often and with greater earnestness? Do we not learn much from the season of intense fellowship with Him? –Learning patience, perseverance, empathy, character, maturity, faith, insight, wisdom…? We do.

Jesus tells us in John 6:27, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life.” And He adds that it is HE that will give that food. It’s spiritual food. It’s HIM. (v. 35) And as we work to “eat” Him by meditating on the Word, listening to Him, talking with Him, obeying what He says, our spirits are nourished. We grow. And growth –transformation into Christlikeness (2 Cor. 3:18)– is the goal.

This does come through seeking His will on a matter, through petitioning Him with a request, through continuing in faith and praise for the fruition of that which you once believed was made to you as a promise. If we didn’t have the need, would we go to Him? Many would not. If we had everything we wanted, we would likely not only continue to want more, thus becoming ever more lustful, greedy, and wicked, we would simply not find enough reason to be motivated to get to know the Lord. And knowing Him is essential for entrance into His presence and service –both now and for eternity. For as Jesus says in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”

So, friend, hope on. The one in whom you trust to bring it to pass, is the one who keeps the planets in their steady orbit; the one who keeps the earth tilted on its perfect axis; the one who created the human eye and DNA and the wonder of fire, water, and aerodynamics. He is great. He is awesome. He is majestic. And He is completely able.

He waits for a reason. Time does not control Him, but He works within time, for He created it. Let Him work. Do not be impatient to pick the crop while it is still green. Enough growth, for yours and others involved, is not yet ripe. Instead, praise Him for His wonderful wisdom and for the kindnesses He’s shown you –which indeed let you know that He will do for you, His trusting child, what is the very best, your highest good.

And don’t neglect His Word. The comfort is there. The faith comes from there. The promises are abundant there. Like Ps. 145:13,19: “The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made… He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.”

See? Now believe.



~ by smilesback on October 14, 2009.

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