KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:6 KJV “*When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”
God chooses how to respond to man’s request, yet He always does that which would bless us. When the Lord heard about Lazarus condition, the scriptures said He waited for two extra days. We all know the outcome of Lazarus case; he was raised back to life. I believe the decision of the master to stay two more days generated lots of questions in the minds of Mary and Martha. How do you handle supposedly delays from the Lord. We have to always relate to the Lord, in the light of His revealed word. What has He said about answering our prayers?
The following are some scriptural statements about God’s terms for answering our requests as well as our proper actions to receive the answers.
1. 2nd Corinth 1:20 KJV” For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” This scripture assures us that every promise of God has not a yes or no, but is already yes because of Jesus. If God promised to do a thing, then counting on Jesus perfect life and perfect sacrifice, and not on your goodness or holiness you believe God for it.
2. Heb 6:12 KJV” That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” This verse teaches us that faith does not walk alone. It moves with patience. Faith is the confidence in God, and His word; saying if God promised it then, I have it. The role of patience is that, though I do not have it in hand physically, I wait with excitement, because God has answered it.
3. James 1:3,4 KJV” Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” Once again in the delay of the answer faith is put to test and as you hold to your grounds that what God has said is true, patience thrives, and you are made perfect as the answer comes into reality. Your knowledge of God’s reality is made stronger and so you lose any sense of insecurity. A man’s sense of stability goes up when His assurance about God truthfulness goes up. This is what perfection in God is all about ,and the sense of want or insecurity is also gone or lost.
Thank you, my heavenly Father, for your faithfulness. Thank you for all your promises. I believe for whatever you have promised, and if its need be that I wait, I hesitate not, for you are always truthful.
THOUGHT: FAITH AND PATIENCE WOULD SURELY WIN.
Psa 37:7 KJV” Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass”.
Psa 40:1 KJV “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry”.