“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3). In the charming little booklet, Expectation Corner, Adam Slowman was led into the Lord’s treasure houses, and among the many wonders that were revealed to him there was the “Delayed Blessings Office,” where God kept certain things, prayed for, until the wise time came to send them. It takes a long time for some believers to learn that delays are not denials. Also, there are secrets of love and wisdom in the “Delayed Blessings Department,” which is very seldom dreamed of that has not been sent yet.
If people had their way they would pluck their mercies while they are still green on the vine instead of waiting for the Lord to deliver them when they are ripe. “Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you” (Isaiah 30:18). God is watching in the hard places and will not allow one trial too many to come upon you; He will come gloriously to your rescue. Do not grieve Him by doubting His love. Instead, lift up your head, and begin to praise Him even now for the deliverance which is on the way to you, and you will be abundantly rewarded for the delay which has tried your faith.
The loyal saint believes that it is God who engineers our circumstances, good and bad. We take liberty with our circumstances, we do not believe that God engineers them, although we say we do; we treat the things that happen as if they were engineered by men. If we learn to worship God during the trying (bad) circumstances, He will change them in two seconds, but He chooses the two seconds. This having to wait runs contrary to modern human nature, and some, to their shame, find it irritating that they cannot dictate to the Father the type, time and place they are to receive their desired blessings.
It is not that God withholds any good things from us, it is the way He has established things on the basis of cosmic necessity. By means of our asking, God put processes into motion whereby He creates the thing that is not in existence until we ask. Too many Christians are intensely impatient with God. They look at God as if He is a machine-made for blessing men and Jesus Christ as a mere errand boy. The idea and expectation the Father or the Son will ask; “How high?” when you say jump is outside the Christian rationale. I know what I want from God and I want it now is an unthinkable thought.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31). Jesus made it clear to His disciples, “first things first,” if the Father has not given you something that you are expecting, are you asking for a right thing? When you draw near to God, you stop asking for things. “Your Father knoweth what things you have need of before you ask Him.” Then why ask? That you may get to know Him. If God has not done the thing you ask, it is more than likely because there is something you will not do the Father has asked of you.
God is a most kind and generous god and blesses us that we may be a blessing to others. Having patience with God is a necessity, some time He has to put people and things in place to receive a blessing asked for a long time ago. Jesus delivers the Father’s blessing to you in due season and someone else will receive their blessing when you let Christ work through you. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ