The Delays of Our Lives
Sometimes it is as if the Lord has pressed the pause button on our lives. Everything seems to be standing still for us. But in the background, God is active. God is working something on our behalf.
Delays are not fun places to be. Here are some things to remember during delays:
1) God has not forgotten us. The enemy will tell us otherwise though. The prophet Isaiah says the Lord has transcribed us in the palm of his hand. Isaiah 49:15, 16. Think about this: Throughout the course of a day, we look at our hands more than we look at any other part of our body. How can God forget us if we can inscribed in the palms on His hands? We are ever present in His mind. We need to remind ourselves of this during delays.
2) Don’t lose faith. Delays reveals what is in our hearts. When we are delayed, we get discouraged and disappointed. Discouragement is an enemy of faith. It creates unbelief. Think of the man whose son was demon- possessed. He cried out to Jesus, “Lord, Help my unbelief” – Mark 9:24. I’ve had to cry that out many times in my life. Disappointment leaves a bitter taste in our mouth – but the Bible warns us not to let the root of bitterness take root. II Pet 1:5 says, “For this reason, make effort to add to your faith perseverance.”
3) Delays have an end. Delays don’t last forever. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5. The inevitable part about this hope, is that the morning always follows the night. It always happens! It is never ever remains night forever! This gives us hope. And we know that delays when ended, give us greater joy and hope. Remember that the greater the difficulty, the greater the glory God gets.
In every delay, God is working something in the background for His glory. Paul was in prison in Acts 24, for probably about 2 years in Jerusalem and another 2 years in Rome – he wrote four New Testament letters during that time. He may have felt he was chained, localized, and unproductive, but the Lord had purpose for that season in Paul’s life.
So if you are in a delay be encouraged. It will come to an end. He has not forgotten you.