Daily Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:18 KJV
Isaiah 30:18 (KJV)
18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Today’s Devotional Is GOD’S DELAYS are NOT DENIALS
This Divine method is illustrated in many ways in the Word of God. The Angel at Jabbok-ford waited until Jacob was exhausted from his wrestling; then He whispered His mystic name in Jacob’s ear and blessed him there.
Our Lord waited until the Syrophenician woman was helpless before he called out, “Lord, save me!” To grant her the blessing she desired for her child. He continued the same process from His Heavenly throne, waiting for His grace until the apostles and other members of the upper room were in such a state of helplessness that He could grant them their Pentecost. He waited till the small group of disciples had exhausted all other options, so He might release Peter from prison. He whispered, “My grace suffices for thee; my strength is made perfect by weakness.”
We have often misinterpreted God’s actions with us. We have often concluded that God was strangely neglectful when He has stayed beyond the Jordan, despite our pleas that He save Lazarus as soon as possible. In fact, He was waiting at great cost to His heart until we were exhausted and it was clear that He would perform a greater miracle than we could have ever imagined.
God’s delays do not represent denials. They are neither neglectful nor unkind. He is watching with a watchful eye and intent to wait for the moment when He can grant a blessing that will be without alloy. He will flood every afterlife with blessings that will be so royal, plenteous, and so divine that it will take eternity to praise Him.
PRAYER for Today
We pray for Thy grace to grant us a more childlike trust, faithful spirit, and loyal will. We ask for all spiritual knowledge to be available through our obedience. AMEN.