2 Chronicles 16:9a (NLT)
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
It has been said that nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. Permit me to add a third certainty: Delays. When God gives you a purpose and gives you power and grace to fulfill it, you can be certain that you will encounter delays, hindrances, impediments, detours, obstructions, holdups, and dead ends. The path to fulfilling your God-given purpose in the world will at times be tough and wearisome, arduous and painful but if you keep on going and don’t give up, it will eventually turn out the way God planned.
Delays are a natural part of our lives and we can either allow ourselves to be discouraged by it or be ready for it. Sometimes, it is easier to allow ourselves to become discouraged by the obstacles and challenges in front of us. The length of time it takes for God’s will to come to pass in our lives can cause us to grow impatient. But remember that we are not the only ones. Thousands of believers all the way back to the early days of Genesis have encountered the very same feelings.
Moses had been called to lead the children of Israel from bondage to freedom but he had to spend 40 years on the back side of the desert. Noah was told it was going to rain and instructed to build an ark but he had to wait 120 years before rain came. Joseph spent 13 years in a pit and in a prison before he was made prime minister of Egypt. Abraham was promised a son in his old age but he had to wait 25 years for the promise to be fulfilled. David spent 15 years running and hiding from Saul even though he had already been anointed king. Jesus spent 30 years on the earth before starting his earthly ministry which ended in his death, burial, and resurrection.
Can you hold fast to God’s plan and keep traveling with God’s purpose for as long as it takes? Will you work on the project God has given you, take all the steps necessary to reach the goals you have in your heart, and keep trusting and believing and having faith that you are on the right track and following God’s good plan for your life? All the while the biblical characters were waiting, they didn’t give up. They kept at their work. They kept their hope in the Lord. They kept their ears, eyes, heart, and mind open to receiving God’s strength. They could have easily given up because no one likes delays, but they didn’t.
Scripture says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God isn’t looking for fair-weathered, flash in the pan followers. He’s looking for people who will hold fast to his promises and keep working and believing and trusting and praying until it happens. Don’t give up on your goals. Don’t give up on your dreams. God who made those promises will be careful to bring them to pass. He has everything under control. Your entire life is planned out in detail from beginning to end on His heavenly board. Those who remain committed to God and his plan will eventually experience fulfilled promises and abundant blessings.
“He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition.”
— George Macdonald