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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Learning Why God Sometimes Says 'Not Yet'!

In review of Hebrews 10:36 it says,“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Bottom Line:
You need to be patient, so that you will please God and receive what he promises.

What this means to me:
I need to learn to be patient. Meanwhile I should continue to do what pleases God, he’ll provide what I need in his timing.

I should not become discouraged if God delay’s in answering my requests. Delay does not necessarily a denial. Just because an answer or the miracle hasn’t come yet doesn’t mean God isn’t going to answer or that he’s forgotten me or that he doesn’t care about me. It simply means “not yet”!

Part of becoming spiritually mature is learning the difference between “no” and “not yet,” between a denial and a delay.

God’s delay may likely be a test of my patience. Anybody can be patient once or twice, and even three times.

What I’m learning is that he doesn’t do this just to see how patient I am. Rather He does it so that I can see how patient I am; so that I’ll know what’s inside me, and so that I’ll be able to know my level of commitment. God can test me so that I can know he is faithful, even if the answers I seek are delayed.

I may face difficult times, I may be discouraged because the situation seems unmanageable, unreasonable, or unfair. I can stay with it longer because God is with me. He’ll enable me to press on. I’ll never be a failure until I quit. So I should resist discouragement, and finish the race God has set before me.

So when I’m feeling discouraged, I should turn it around by remembering that God teaches me patience during delays. I can ask him to transform my discouragement into patience.

This is such a great reminder to me especially as my wife and I await a buyer for our home. We are anxious to move on, however God can also be saying, I need you to trust in my timing.

Meanwhile, during the delay, I am not to put my life on hold. I am to proceed doing his will and what I know is right.