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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Why God Delays"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2
"Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord...But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God:  thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying." 

Psalm 70:1,5


   


    

David was in a hurry when he wrote this psalm, but God was not in a hurry!  Three times David says, "Make haste!"  Then he ends the psalm with "make no tarrying!"  Like Peter, when he was sinking in the water, David didn't have time for long prayer.  All Peter could cry was, "Lord, save me!" (Matt. 14:30)

Why does God delay answering our prayers?  Certainly He sees our desperate situation.  He promises to give "grace to help in the time of need" (Heb. 4:16).  This verse is simply saying that God will give grace for well-timed help.  Our Heavenly Father's help is never wrong.

There are two truths to be learned from this.  First of all, God may wait because there is a better gift for you later.  I remember our family kneeling in the weeds of a three-acre lot asking God to make a way for us to get this land to build our church building.  My dad and mom wept on that land, and we never could get anywhere with the owners.  We did not understand why God was not hearing, but soon we learned that God had a millionaire that was going to give us twenty acres two blocks from where we knelt to pray!  God's timing was perfect. 

Secondly, God's delays are not denials or defeats.  Joseph, in prison, had to wait for God to free him and reconcile him to his brothers.  Israel had to wait on deliverance from Egypt, and Moses had to wait through ten difficult plagues before Pharaoh would let the people go.  Joshua and Caleb had to wait forty years before claiming their inheritance, and the delay was not their fault.  David had to wait to receive his throne.  Mary and Martha had to wait for Jesus to come to Bethany; and while they waited, their brother died (John 11).

God is never in a hurry even when we are, and His schedule is better than ours!

 

Study verses:  Psalm 70:1-5; Hebrews 4:16; Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 31:15

 



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Previous devotions

"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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