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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
"Why God Delays"
"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