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"Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. ‘This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.’" - Genesis 22:15-18

"Wait." Sometimes the toughest answer to receive from God is "Wait, not yet." When this happens, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control and can certainly handle our situation. We need to allow Him to continue working in whatever way He sees fit. And we can't try to take back the situation, but must truly be patient and wait on God's timing!

According to Genesis 22:1-19, God tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering on Mt. Moriah.

What is interesting is in verse 5. Abraham tells his servants, "We will worship, and then we will come back to you." Abraham is saying that he and Isaac will go and worship, and he and Isaac will return to them. Abraham believed by faith that God would provide the sacrifice and spare Isaac.

In verse 6, Isaac asks his father an important question, "where is the lamb for the sacrifice?" To which Abraham says that God will provide the sacrifice. When they reached the location to worship, Abraham was obedient, and he bound Isaac and prepared to sacrifice him. However, Abraham's faith in God was true, & God stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac - & provided the sacrificial ram, which was caught in a thicket.

According to Luke 8:40-56, Jesus delayed in going to see Jarius' daughter, who was dying. Word came to Jarius that his daughter died, & when Jesus heard this, he told Jarius to believe & she will be healed. When Jesus arrived at Jarius' house, there were people wailing and mourning for the daughter. Jesus told them to stop wailing. He said that Jarius' daughter was not dead, but the people laughed at him, because they knew that she was dead.

Jesus went in to the room where the girl lay. He only allowed Peter, James and John and the girls' parents to enter with Him. He took the girl by the hand and told her to get up. Her spirit returned to her, and she arose. This astonished the parents.

According to John 11:1-4, Jesus hears that his friend Lazarus is sick. However, Jesus stays where He is for two more days. Then when He found that Lazarus was already dead and in the tomb for four days, Jesus went to the tomb and said to take away the stone. Then he called Lazarus to come out. Lazarus came out, and Jesus told them to unbind him.

So we find that sometimes God answers prayers after a delay. But, you might ask “why?” I believe that the answer can be twofold. 1) It isn’t the right time, yet. God needs certain people present or you to be more ready before saying “yes”, or, 2) in saying “not yet” God is glorified, so that you and I know that we are incapable of doing anything on your own, apart from God, and that with faith in Him, ALL things are possible!

Lord, I come before You, just as I am. I are sorry for my sins, and I repent of them. Please forgive me. In Your Name, the precious name of Jesus, I ask forgiveness of what I have done to others and against You. I give You my life, Lord, and I accept You as my Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I praise Your name and promise to follow You the rest of my life. Amen
Apr 12 2019