Delay is not denial

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry,” (Hab. 2:3, KJV).

Many a time we tend to question God about our lives; it seems like nothing has changed from the last time we spoke to Him up to this very moment. We begin to wonder if at all God has a purpose for us and if He does, “will it ever be fulfilled?” We get the feeling that probably God has forgotten about us or that perhaps He is not able to do what He said He will do. For most people, it is not about whether or not God actually has something lined up for them, but, it is rather about the timing. They want to know “when?” When will it be manifested?

Honestly, I do not know when. I cannot even pretend to know when it is going to happen. But one thing I know for sure is this: just because something is delayed, does not necessarily mean it has been denied. After all, there is this saying, “delay is not denial!”

Habakkuk 2:3 says, “…the vision is for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it.”  In the preceding chapter, Habakkuk made a complaint to God and in response to that complaint, God gave him a vision.  You see, the vision was not for that moment; it did not speak of the present but rather the future. In other words, there is a divine time for every vision to be manifested. That was why in Ecclesiastics, Solomon said, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” This means that there is a set (appointed) time for every of God’s promises.

The story of Abraham is a good example of a promise which although delayed, eventually came to pass. Remember how long it took for Isaac to be conceived? Prior to the conception of Isaac, God had already made a covenant with Abraham saying He would bless him and make him the father of many nations. But that only happened after a number of years had passed. Joseph also had a dream set for an appointed time. His dream was only actualized after he was sold into slavery and then thrown into prison. Also, the Israelite did not enter into the promise land until after forty years.

What vision has God given  you? What dream do you have burning within you? Are you suddenly in doubt because nothing seems to be happening? Or perhaps you have begun to question God. Have your faith suddenly wavered? Do not give up! Do not lose hope! Know that at the appointed time it will come to pass. It is painful to wait around for something not knowing when or if it would come; it feels like the more you wait, the farther it gets. But you need to trust in God’s timing for He sees the end from the beginning. Just when Abraham thought all hope was lost, God visited him with the promise of a son in the coming year; when Joseph felt betrayed by his brothers and forgotten by the cup bearer, God brought him out of prison and placed him on the throne; when the Israelite had murmured and complained thinking they nor their children might never see the promised land, God made a way possible.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isa. 40:31a). It is my prayer that the spirit of God grants you the strength to walk relentlessly in your faith, even as you await the appointed time for the manifestation of your vision.

“A temporary slowing down of events will not prevent the fulfillment of the vision.”

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