How Do You Respond When A Promise Made Is Delayed?

Life is wonderful, especially when we get what we want when we want it. So often we are faced with circumstances and situations and things don’t turn out the way we expected. They are called test. Life is filled with a series of on-going test. We have previously talked about dealing with major changes in our lives. Let’s take a look at how we respond to…

DELAYED PROMISES.  This test causes us to ask the question “When?”  “By faith he made his home in the Promised Land like a stranger in a foreign country.  He lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob who were heirs of him of the same promise.”

The word promise is used twice in that sentence. Promise is a very important word in the vocabulary of faith.  The question we face when we are waiting for a promise to be fulfilled is “When?”

God said, “I’m going to give you the Promised Land”.  And Abraham wanted to know, “When?”  God wants us to base our lives on promises not explanations.  God promised him the Promised Land but after he got there, there was a delay.  In fact Abraham not only waited his life, but he waited Isaac’s life and Jacob’s life as well — three generations and they still were living in tents. They couldn’t settle down. How would you like to live in a tent for three generations?  Can you imagine Sarah saying to Abraham, “when are we going to get a real house?”

We can generally handle a few major tests in life if we know there’s going to be an end to it. But the hardest kinds of tests to handle are the tests in life when you don’t know if they’re ever going to end. That’s difficult. The delayed promise.

Abraham never gave up.  He never went back to Ur.  Here’s the lesson:  A committed person will wait for God’s timing without knowing when.

Some of you are going through the “When?” test right now.

  • When are things going to get better in my marriage, Lord?
  • When am I going to get married?
  • When am I going to have a baby?
  • When am I going to get well?
  • When are You going to solve my problems?
  • When are You going to answer my prayers?
  • When? – When? – When?

So the second greatest test of life is a Delayed Promise.  When?

What have you been expecting God to do in your life that hasn’t happened yet?  Abraham had to wait three generations.  What are you waiting for? There always seems to be a delay.  All God’s people must deal with delayed promises.  Moses waited eighty years.  Noah waited 120 years.  Abraham waited his lifetime.  God always gives people the Waiting Test.

A major change — a committed person will follow God’s leading when he or she doesn’t know “where” this is going.

A delayed promise — a committed person will wait for God’s timing when he or she doesn’t know “when” this will happen.

Isaiah 40:31  But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

About Ron

Ron and Anne founded the first Christian Fellowship Church in Harlingen, Texas in 1982. Ron presently serves as its apostolic overseer. He travels nationally and internationally motivating and challenging people to be effective in their call and ministry to their local church, their community, and the marketplace.

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