Everything is Possible: Wait for It
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Sometimes, God delays us to develop us.
The Bible is a book about waiting.

· Noah had to wait 120 years before the promised rain came.
· Abraham waited 100 years to have a son.
· Moses waited forty years in the desert and then spent another forty years leading the children of Israel across the desert to the Promised Land.

So, why is the Bible a book about waiting? Because waiting demonstrates faith, and faith pleases God.
Every now and then God will have us “Wait for it!”
It’s hard to wait especially when you are in a hurry and God isn’t.

Maybe you are in a holding pattern. You have a dream, you’ve made a decision to act on that dream and now, for some reason, you feel like God is delaying everything.
Three Aspects of Delays:

1. Delays can be frustrating.

A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life. Proverbs 14:30 (LB).

The more we trust God the more we relax in delay. So, the first thing we need to know about delays is that they can be FRUSTRATING.
When the promise was delayed, Abraham and Sarah decided to help God out and hurry things along. The result was Ishmael. The birth of Ishmael was not God’s plan that was Sarah and Abraham’s plan.

Delays are dangerous because we have a tendency to become impatient and then try to help God out.
Delays can be dangerous because there is a tendency in all of us to help God out when we feel like He’s not moving fast enough.
3. Delays can be good for us.

God uses time (delay) to remove things from us and add things to us that are needed to fulfill His purpose in and through us.
One of the most powerful stories of delay in the bible is the story of Joseph.

Of all Jacob’s sons, Joseph was his favorite and this caused problems with his brothers.

Joseph had a couple of dreams that ignited hatred in his brothers. In his first dream, Joseph dreamed that all his brothers would someday bow down to him. This didn’t end up causing brotherly love in the family.

In his second dream, Jacob dreamed that the sun and the moon or his mother and father would bow down to him. As you can imagine, this took the brothers over the edge. So much so, that they threw him in a dry well planning to kill him.

However, the brothers decided to sell him into slavery instead which delayed Josephs dream for a while.
· Joseph was sold into slavery when he was 17
· He was 30 when he was made overseer of Potiphar’s house
· When Joseph was 39, his brothers made their first trip to Egypt which was the second year of the famine, or nine years after being made overseer)
· Joseph was probably 41 or so when the brothers came a second time to Egypt with father Jacob.
· From the time, Joseph had his dream to the time it became a reality was around 25 years.

During those years, God showed Joseph how to serve, how to live in integrity and how to forgive others who wrongly accused him.
God delayed the dream to develop the person. Delays can make us better when we keep trusting God.

Your dreams and my dreams will experience delays. Remember, sometimes God delays us in order to develop us.
So, how do we wait in faith?

1. Keep on trusting. Remember what God has done and remind yourself of His faithfulness to you.
2. Keep doing what you know to do.
3. Keep believing that God is up to something good, even when you don’t see it.

These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!
Habakkuk 2:3 [LB]
I’ve heard it said this way, God is never early and God is never late because He is always right on time!