Thursday, July 5, 2012

Delays Are Not Denials

I know I have mentioned the 365 devotional "Streams in the Desert" here before. You should get a copy of it. (Amazon has it for $5!) This was yesterdays meditation. Oh so good and convicting. I thought I'd share it with you.

Streams in the Desert- July 4th

"The revelation awaits an appointed time... Though it linger wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay." (Habakkuk 2:3)

"In the captivating booklet Expectation Corner, one of the characters, Adam Slowman, was led into the Lord's treasure-house. Among the many wonders revealed to him there was the 'Delayed Blessing Office' where God stores the answers to certain prayers until it was wise to send them. For some who prays expecting an answer, it takes a long time to learn that delays are not denials. In fact, in  the 'Delayed Blessing Office,'  there are deep secrets of love and wisdom that we have never imagined! We tend to want to pick our blessings from the tree while they are still green, yet God wants us to wait until they are fully ripe. 

"The Lord longs to be gracious to you...Blessed are all who wait for Him!" (Isaiah 30:18)
The Lord watches over us in the difficult places, and He will not allow even one trial that is too much for us. He will use His refining fire to burn away our impurities and will then gloriously come to our rescue. Don't grieve Him by doubting His love. Instead, lift up your eyes and begin praising Him right now for the deliverance that is on its way to you. Then you will be abundantly rewarded for the delay that has tried your faith. 

"Oh you of little faith,

God has not failed you yet!

When all looks dark and gloomy,

You soon forget-

Forget that He led you,

And gently cleared your way;

On clouds has poured His sunshine,

And turned your night to day.

And if He's helped you to this point,

He will not fail you now;

How it must wound His loving heart

To see your anxious brow!

Oh! Doubt not any longer,

To Him commit your way,

Whom in the past you trusted,

And is just the same today."

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