WHEN JESUS SEEMS TO DELAY

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:17 KJV “And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.”

In the above verse, the Lord had left for the mountain, but had not returned when it was time for His disciples to depart. He seemed to be nowhere to be found. The scriptures have a lot of instances when it seems the Lord is nowhere to be found. In our personal lives, we also go through situations that seems the Lord is very much far away. When the Lord was informed about the condition of Lazarus, He did not respond immediately. The Lord made the following remarks about Lazarus condition. John 11:4 KJV” When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” He said this sickness is not unto death, but rather, that the Son of God might be glorified. The Lord waited for the next four days. Lazarus’ condition worsened and died the same day. I believe his sisters felt disappointed. Listen to what Martha said. “…. Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother  would  not have  died. In effect she was saying, Lord you have delayed in coming. These ones did not know what the Lord had said, about the condition. If they knew, they would not have felt so disappointed.

How do you feel when the Lord seems to delay? Dear one Satan is an opportunist. He takes advantage of bad and negative situations. In such times he comes over to challenge the faith of people and seeks to overthrow the faith of the child of God.

Dear one, when all hell breaks loose on you and it seems the Lord is far away, your only solace is God’s word.

The word of God with you means God is with you. God is in His word. John 1:1 KJV” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Every word of assurance God gives in His word is Him standing with you and communicating to you.

Your ability to experience Him in reality is to open your heart and accept wholly what He says.

In Jeremiah 29:11, He says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Just consider such assuring words. He says His plans for you is to bring you to the kind of end you are anticipating and desiring for yourself. Now the question is how do you determine that the outcome of events is according the expected end you hope for?

You can determine that outcome by believing in His word. This can be done as you joyfully trust in his word without getting anxious about anything, no matter how adverse or dangerous it may seem.

Resolve never to give attention to the voice of fear, failure or a fall.

They are all lying vanities and shifting shadows. John 2:8 KJV “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” Hold on to what God says. Keep declaring that everything is working out for your good. The bad situation does never mean Jesus is delaying, no, never.

It is only His word that shows us what He is doing or will do.

Settle it once and for all that you will always agree with His word. This is the only sure grounds to always determine a favourable outcome of events that come your way.

THOUGHT: YOUR FAITH WILL ALWAYS GIVE YOU A VICTORIOUS OUTCOME.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 1:45 KJV “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Mark 9:23 KJV “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

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