“Hope deferred makes a heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” – (Proverbs 13:2)
There is a saying that delay does not mean denial. When God appeared to Abraham at ninety- nine years and promised him that he would have a child late in life, both he and his wife Sarah doubted. “Abraham’s face fell down; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at ninety?” (Genesis 17: 17).
For Sarah, whose biological clock had long passed, she scoffed. After she too heard of the same, “Sarah laughed to herself, as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Genesis 18: 12).
All this did not please God. “Then the Lord said to Abraham, why did Sarah laugh and say, “Will I really have a child, now that I am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:13-14).
And who would have the last laugh! “Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a child to Abraham in his old age, at the very time he had promised” (Gen 21:1-2).
Here in these passages we see two things. First of all, the tendency to weigh things from a human perspective other than a divine appreciation of the matter. This couple based on their understanding of human reality had long given up. Yet their failing was to see matters only from a physical angle and not spiritual light.
Secondly, based on their limited understanding, they could not imagine that God could turn around an impossible situation. For them their case was beyond salvation. The chapter of child bearing had been lost. Yet how mistaken they were!
Like Abraham and Sarah, any of us, could be faced with a matter when from a physical look of it, all hope is lost. We are past the sale date. What happened to this couple shows that sometimes things may no longer make sense in a physical sense to us, and we are led to easily give in. Not so says the Lord. When we take such matters to Him, as we should, He breathes a new life and resurrects them to life. As it was written, “But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NLT).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for any matter that has delayed it is true that if it’s your will “delay is not denial” and so I pray to persevere in faith, waiting upon you, for that day when you will make me dance with laughter, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!