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"Worth The Wait"

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"Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!"


Psalm 27:14


Have you ever wanted something so bad you could almost taste it? How about a desire that the longer it went unrealized you thought you were going to die from the all the waiting, because the build up of the anticipation made you feel like you were going to explode? If so, you are not alone. On days like this its good to remember the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 10:11 (AMP), "The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed."


There was a commercial on television years ago that was done so well I vividly remember it to this very day. It was a ketchup commercial that showed a bottle of ketchup turned upside down with the top off. As the ketchup slowly made its way out of the bottle onto a juicy hamburger below the song, "Anticipation" by Carly Simon played in the background. ‚Äč


It seemed to take forever as viewers watched in anticipation for the ketchup to finally begin to pour. It was a mouth watering commercial for sure. The goal of the ad was to show how thick this particular brand of ketchup was unlike the other competitive runny watered downed brands that just gush out when you use them, and due to this brands thickness it would take longer to enjoy, but oh how worth the wait it would be! I remember the song as much as anything else from the commercial as it stressed the point, "anticipation is making me late, is keeping me waiting."


Yesterday I was inquiring about a young woman in our church who is going through one of life's difficult gut wrenching trials as she serves within our county's Foster Care system, desiring to adopt a child with whom she has been caring for, pouring her heart out without any hesitation on a child in need. The adoption process is often long and hard at times and those who seek to adopt live life knowing a day might come when this child under their loving care may be taken from them. Knowing this in advance, it takes a very special person or couple who would open their heart to this kind of pain and yet this amazing young woman and others like her do each time they open the door of both their heart and home.


This particular young woman had a very hard day enduring the court proceedings that surround the adoption process and was discouraged by the outcome the other day as it wasn't what she had hoped for or anticipated how the events of the day would go. As I walked out of our Women's Ministry Directors office following the conversation the Lord prompted my mind with these words that I said out loud as I was walking away, "God's delays are not His denials." As a matter of fact, usually the Lords delays in our lives are opportunities for greater preparation for what He ultimately has for us. Consider the words of Isaiah 40:31, "But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."


Yes, loved one, God's delays are not His denials. Remember this, Jesus ascended back to heaven 2000 years ago with the promise that after He has prepared a place for us He would return to get us. What effect is the delay of Jesus coming again having on your life? Is it creating a mouth water anticipation as you eagerly wait trying to imagine what heaven will be like one day? Is the delay causing you to loose heart as what you have hoped for life hasn't turned out the way you imagined it would? If so that just might be the proof that we were created for another world! Hopefully God's delays in your life are not being interpreted as His denials but rather as opportunities for God to finish the work that He has begun in you.


Waiting on God is tough at times but Jesus promises us that the will of God is always worth the wait. Keep the faith, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as the anticipation keeps you waiting. It will be worth it all one day!


"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."


Galatians 6:9

I LOVE YOU!

"Once and For All, Loved, Accepted, Forgiven"
"It's Gone!"
 

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Saturday, 18 August 2018