Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Peter 5:10 (AMP); And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favour], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.
There is an ungodly delay and there is a godly delay.
When delay is ungodly, oftentimes, it births frustration, which frustration leads to human effort to provide an answer, which human effort leads to rebellion.
When delay is godly, one is kept by God even in that delay.
Contrast these two examples: At the great age of ninety, Sarah had no child, her womb had never been opened. It was out of frustration with this state of affairs that she asked her husband to lie with her maid Hagar (Genesis 16:1-2). This was human effort seeking an answer. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael(Genesis 16:16). Years later, after Isaac was born to Sarah, we see mockery from Ishmael on the day Isaac is weaned(Genesis 21:9).
The second story is of Hannah. The Bible says that her womb was shut by God(1 Samuel 1:5). This was godly delay and Hannah carried the testimony of one preserved by God. Her value was never diminished in the eyes of her husband. The Bible says he loved and favoured her(1 Samuel 1:5). This itself was a testament of God’s mind and heart toward her. Hannah did not compromise. She could have asked that her maid bear her a child, like Sarah did with Hagar or like Racheal, Jacob’s wife did with Bilhah but she did not.
As a child of God, you must have the wisdom to discern godly delay and ungodly delay. If delay is godly, understand that the Lord makes things beautiful in His time(Ecclesiastes 3:11). Learn to rest in Him.
Ungodly delay stirs restlessness in the spirit because the spirit of a man is irritated by a sense of stagnation and is hungry for progress and elevation. Never ignore these convictions and urging in your heart because they are a communication from God that a delay is ungodly. Seek revelation for quickening and for your answer.
FURTHER STUDY: Ecclesiastes 3:11, 1 Samuel 1:5
GOLDEN NUGGET: As a child of God, you must have the wisdom to discern godly delay and ungodly delay. If delay is godly, understand that the Lord makes things beautiful in His time(Ecclesiastes 3:11). Learn to rest in Him.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this Word. Thank You for the wisdom to discern what You are up to in my life. I reject the testimony of ungodly delay because it is not my portion. I am conscious of the convictions of the Spirit that point me to Your timing and I respond as one who is learned in how You work and function. In Jesus’ name, Amen.