Delays in our life are not always easy to handle or easily accepted. Often, when God does not answer our prayers in the time that we feel He should, we appoint all sorts of characteristics to God's nature that imply He does not care, or maybe he's not listening.
To such conclusions we then add religious attempts to get God to move on our behalf. We fast, we pray "extra hard," we give more or we look for the next word of knowledge or prophecy.
A similar case was found with Lazarus' sisters when Lazarus became ill and died. Jesus was a close friend to Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. (Mary, you may recall, was the woman who came and poured perfume on Jesus' feet.) When Jesus arrived two days later, Martha shamed Him by saying, "If You had come he would not have died." She implied that He didn't care enough (or listened) to come when sent for him. It was a matter of priorities for Jesus, not lack of love, care or hearing.
God often has to delay His work in us in order to accomplish something for His purposes that can be achieved only in the delay. Jesus had to let Lazarus die in order for the miracle that was about to take place to have its full effect. If Jesus had simply healed a sick man, the impact of the miracle would not have been as newsworthy as resurrecting a man who had been dead for four days. This is Jesus' greatest "public relations act" of His whole ministry. Healing his friend was easy and obviously easily received by many of his followers. But to raise his friend from the dead is another thing altogether.
God often sets the stage so that His glory is revealed through the events that He orchestrates. He did this with Moses and Pharaoh, allowing delay after delay for release of the Israelites from Egypt. He did this with Abraham and Sarah for the promised child, Isaac. God granted Sarah a baby past the age of childbearing in order to demonstrate His power. And he still does it with you and I.
Let me encourage you to not give up or become discouraged or weary in well doing while the answers to your prayers are delayed. Delay does not mean, "no" or "yes" or even "wait." Delay simply means a specific timing in God's agenda for your benefit, the benefit of others and ultimately, the glory of God.
God's timing is always perfect. Delays from God's intervention always carry a higher purpose that will propel you to a higher place in God and favor with man. Thank God for His perfect timing.
Make it a Great Day!
Alex Colon, Lead Pastor