A blessing delayed is tough to deal with. Having experienced health uncertainties this year, I can say that waiting on the unknown will truly test your faith. Like the Israelites of old, I trusted in God until I started to lean on my own understanding. Our own understanding is always a dangerous place to be as we tend to run to the first thing that “makes sense”. That’s what happens when you lay down the armor of God. Leave an opening for the devil and those fiery darts travel lightning quick.
God is not a man, that he should lie. Despite his promise we sometimes have a hard time trusting in him. We do so, not because of who God is but because of who we are. We attempt to bring God down to our level and compare how we engage with our fellow man to how God engages with us. God hears the prayers of the righteous but he requires our faith. Faith in knowing that he has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. The enemy cannot cancel our blessings, but he can delay it long enough to make us lose our faith.
A good example of this is seen with one of the most noble servants of God, the prophet Daniel. Daniel had been waiting for an important message from God which would reveal what should befall his people in the latter days. The messenger angel would eventually arrive and told Daniel his words were heard from the very first day he had the desire in his heart. A prayer in faith is always heard but be aware of what can happen to our answered prayers. The enemy withstood the messenger of God for a period of time before he could deliver Daniel's message.
Proverbs 13:12 tells us that “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick...”. Never lose hope. Your hope is precious and the enemy knows it. In a world of instant gratification, anything that makes us wait gives the enemy time to draw us away from God. His desire is to entice us into accepting his way of “easy” living. He wants us desperate for change. He wants us to see no light at the end of the tunnel.
A but is a word that usually brings confusion but in Proverbs 13:12 it actually brings life. When we overcome and “when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life”. If a tree cursed by Jesus Christ himself took a day to wither away, we might be in for a little wait for our prayers to bear fruit. Have no fear. Those who wait on the Lord shall never be ashamed.