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Ways to Know God’s Will: #4 – Realize Delay Is Not Denial

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Ways to Know God’s Will: #4 – Realize Delay Is Not Denial

When God speaks His will to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen soon. In fact, sometimes we have to wait years before the will of God actually comes to pass. That’s not uncommon.

Delay is NOT denial.

We need to wait patiently on God’s will and not give up. Could it be we won’t see the fulfillment until we’ve endured? Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.”

  • Abraham waited 25 years for the promised child named Isaac.
  • Joseph waited 15 years to become a leader in Egypt.
  • Paul waited 14 years before he became a recognized apostle.
  • David waited 10 years to be crowned King of Israel.

God seems to work at a slower pace than we want or expect, most of the time.

I leave you with this scripture:

The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says to the people, “Come back and quietly trust in me. Then you will be strong and secure.” But you refuse to do it. Instead, you plan to escape from your enemies by riding fast horses. And you are right—escape is what you will have to do! You think your horses are fast enough, but those who pursue you will be faster! A thousand of you will run away when you see one enemy soldier, and five soldiers will be enough to make you all run away. Nothing will be left of your army except a lonely flagpole on the top of a hill. And yet the Lord is waiting to be merciful to you. He is ready to take pity on you because he always does what is right. Happy are those who put their trust in the Lord.[1]

Listen to this entire message online here.

[1] Isaiah 30:15-18 GWT

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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