We often talk about dreams. Those inner visions that propel us forward to fulfill our divine destiny. But what happens when they are late in arriving, even after you have worked and struggled to bring them to fruition? How do you deal with the delay between the dream and that moment you know you have arrived at the desired outcome? Sometimes there is so much disappointment in the delay that it may seem difficult to move forward into all God has for us.
The longer I live, the more I thank God for the DISAPPOINTMENTS in my life. Some of my WORST moments now serve as some of my BEST altars! – Raymond Woodward
Have you ever had a God inspired dream that didn’t happen as quickly as you thought it should? Yes, you had worked at it, but it seemed that many obstacles came against you. Finally, you gave up in despair and the dream lay dormant. Think with me for a moment about the delay for the Children of Israel when they had been freed from their bondage in Egypt and were told by God they would inherit a land of promise. Most of us are probably familiar with the story and how their fear talked them out of their future. It is a sad story of an often experienced reality in our own lives.
As I was thinking of this I wrote down how I believe God may use delays in our own lives. I will get to the dangers of a delay later this week, but check out these 3 things about delays and how they are a part of the design of God.
- God uses delays to prepare us. God uses delays to get us ready for those difficult times that we are going to face during the course of our journey. These delays are designed to fortify our faith and make us stronger.
- God uses delays to test us. Deut. 8:2, “God led you through the wilderness for forty years… testing you to find out how you would respond and if you would obey Him.” God uses delays to test how we will respond under pressure and to test our loyalty and obedience to Him. Although the Israelites were responsible for their time in the wilderness, God still used it for their good.
- God uses delays to train us because sometimes it takes longer to get Egypt out of us than it does to get us out of Egypt (TWEET THIS). God uses the delays to break those habits and thought patterns and train you in His way of thinking and doing things. The best thing to do when you are in God’s waiting room is be patient and let God do His work in your life.
If you find yourself in a delay and the dream is not becoming a reality in your life, I challenge you to look at the delay in a different light. Next post we will discuss the danger of what we often face when in the midst of a delay. Till then – KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
QUESTION: WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT DELAYS WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND ABOUT HOW GOD MAY USE THEM TO DEVELOP YOU? LEAVE US A COMMENT. THANKS