Delay is not denial…trust the process!
Have you ever been in a place where you’re just waiting?
Waiting for your situation to change?
Waiting for the word of God to come to pass?
Just like many of us, I too have been in that exact place. If I could visually put an image to this statement, I picture myself in a waiting room watching the time go by. If we’re honest with ourselves we have been in seasons of our lives that we didn’t necessarily handle with grace. Did we get a better understanding of why we went through it; did we grow through it?
Let’s take a look in the story of Abraham and Sarah found in the book of Genesis chapter 17. The Lord had in fact appeared before Abraham and spoke to him concerning the promises that he had for him. Mind you Abraham was already 99 years old, and for us naturally speaking that is really old but for the Lord age doesn’t mean anything.
Genesis 17 AMP says;
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and [c]kings will come from you. 7 I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. 8 I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger [moving from place to place], all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession [of property]; and I will be their God.”
9 Further, God said to Abraham, “As for you [your part of the agreement], you shall keep and faithfully obey [the terms of] My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
This whole passage is a mouthful to take in but the Lord wasn’t even done speaking to him. Then the Lord proceeded to say;
15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai (my princess), but her name will be Sarah ([d]Princess). 16 I will bless her, and indeed I will also give you a son by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael [my firstborn] might live before You!” 19 But God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed, and you shall name him Isaac (laughter); and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him.
I personally can’t speak for anyone else but I can’t even fathom giving birth to a child at the age of 90 years old, but when the Lord speaks just know he’s not a liar and his words will come to pass. If you go on to read chapter 18, it speaks more about it and even in that Abraham was yet trusting on the Lord even though time passing by. The Lord then reappeared and reassured them of those same words that he spoke before.
10 He said, “I will surely return to you at this [e]time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; she was past [the age of] childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself [when she heard the Lord’s words], saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure and delight, my lord (husband) being also old?” 13 And the Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh [to herself], saying, ‘Shall I really give birth [to a child] when I am so old?’ 14 Is anything too difficult or too wonderful for the [f]Lord? At the appointed time, when the season [for her delivery] comes, I will return to you and Sarah will have a son.”
So, if you’re a season of your life where you’re just waiting for things to change, just know that delay is not denial. We have to make it up in our mind that we will be content in our current situation. We’re not going to go around mummering and complaining about all the things that are wrong. Get to place where are grateful for what we do have because it could be much worse. Trust the process!