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Difficulties of Taking Too Long! (6 of 8)
Series: Difficulties on the Journey
Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-15; II Kings 18:4
INTRO: One of the more difficult things for us as Christians to do is to trust God's timing on answers to prayers. So often it seems to us that God does not answer our prayers on time, or He is so late in coming to our aid. We often feel confused and sometimes even bitter that it took so long. We even come to believe the idea that God is always late, even too late at times.
God's sense of timing however is not like ours, He is often working on other things in our lives when there is "apparent" delay, in actual terms, "TOO LATE" is not even in God's vocabulary ... it can't be! He can never be too late! He is outside of time, so He can't be late at anything, it is just that He has other reasons we don't always see when it appears to us to be too late.
ILLUS: FRANKLIN Roosevelt WAS SHAPED INTO BEING A GREAT MAN TO A LARGE EXTENT BY THE CRIPPLING DISEASE OF POLIO. HE WAS A VERY PATIENT MAN, NOT QUICK TO QUIT AT ANYTHING, AND ABLE TO ENDURE GREAT TRIALS WITH AN UNUSUAL PEACE. SOMEONE ONCE ASKED HIM HOW HE COULD REMAIN SO PATIENT THROUGH THE BITTER AND VICIOUS ATTACKS TO WHICH HE WAS SUBJECTED TO CONSTANTLY FROM THE PRESS AND RADIO. HE SIMPLY RESPONDED WITH, "BROTHER, IF YOU HAD SPENT TWO YEARS RELEARNING H0W TO WIGGLE YOUR BIG TOE YOU WOULD LEARN WHAT PATIENCE IS, TOO!" -- Source Unknown
What may be a delay to us may be a teaching time for us in God's plan. They are often character building plans of God, and preparations for our future that God has. In God's plans, delays have meaning. What we must fight at such times is the bitter and grumbling heart that can develop if we lose sight of this great truth.
PROP. SENT: God's Word teaches us that the Lord will never leave nor forsake us, in His plans there are no delays, such times are designed by Him for other purposes. "All things work to our good who lo ...
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