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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”—Luke 24:49 (NKJV)
You’ve undoubtedly discovered by now that God doesn’t do things the way we would! He’s often on a much different timeline, and this is truly felt when it comes to His blessings in our lives. While we want every good and perfect gift delivered to us on demand, God often delays these blessings. We see this at the end of Luke as Jesus tells His disciples to wait for the promised blessing of the Holy Spirit, who would eventually come to them after about ten days!
If the Spirit was such an amazing blessing, why wait? Why doesn’t the Lord always bless His people in real time? God always has a deeper purpose for blessing us according to His timing instead of ours.
It teaches patience. We’re not patient by nature, and our consumerist culture certainly doesn’t nurture us to be! The faster the better; the quicker you can have something in your hand the better. God doesn’t want His people to be driven by this pressure. We need to “learn patience,” and we only learn it by having to be patient. Waiting works in us unlike anything else, and this is but one reason God delays His blessings in our lives.
It also teaches trust. If God instantly gave us everything, it would result in a shallow sense of trust, because that trust would never be tested. Delays test trust, and they reveal how deep and strong that trust is. This is often why the Lord delays things with us. It’s not to be cruel, but to actually strengthen the greatest blessing of all, our trust in Him.
Lastly, it teaches others. People are watching our lives, and they are taking notes! Sometimes, God delays a blessing because He wants to impact the note-takers, as with Peter, who would have to wait before he would eventually be reunited with Jesus in heaven (John 13:36). But in the in-between time, Peter’s life would be used to impact thousands, even millions of other lives as an apostle of Jesus Christ.
There’s always a good reason when God delays His blessings in our lives, and it’s always worth it. It changes us for the better, as well as others. Be encouraged by this as you wait on the Lord for all He has in store for you.
DIG: Why does God delay His blessings?
DISCOVER: How has His delay impacted you/others?
DISPLAY: Is there something you’re asking the Lord for? Are you waiting on Him to make something happen, open a door, close a door, move a mountain, heal a sickness, or any number of other things? Spend time asking the Lord today to create in you a patient heart, to give you comfort and peace in the season of trust and waiting.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.