In the world but not of it

September 25, 2010

God is not delaying…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Finally, he said…John 11:7

Knowing that his friend was sick and would soon die Jesus stayed where He was for two days.

For those two days it must have seemed like an eternity to Mary and Martha whose brother was now deathly ill and they perhaps assumed Jesus would have come already. After all, He loved this family dearly and spent time with them so why would He now be neglecting to show up at such a crucial hour.

In Philippians 4:19 we are told that “this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”…

It is difficult for us to grasp why the Lord seems to answer some prayers so quickly and easily yet there are others, those that come at crucial hours in our lives, that seem to go unanswered or answered in a way that we don’t really like or want to accept.

We accept the Lord’s providence and sovereignty over all things, we encourage others to stay the course and trust Him but when the pressure strikes us, when things go a bit crazy we forget our counsel to others and begin questioning God’s faithfulness.

We often associate the timing of an answered prayer with God delaying but He never delays in answering, rather His answers come at the right moment when everything else necessary to fulfill that prayer has come into play.

Therefore God’s delays are simply our mistaken view of His timing. By saying that God is delaying in answering a prayer we are claiming to somehow have knowledge or understanding about the matter that perhaps God Himself doesn’t have and if He had it He would have responded differently.

What took Him so long to get to Judea and raise Lazarus from the dead? Nothing, He arrived when He was scheduled to arrive and did what He had planned all along and the result was what it should be always, God is glorified and we are abundantly blessed in the process…


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