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On hold!

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Author: UEC Team
Date: October 6, 2016

Scripture

[ecko_quote source="2 Corinthians 1:20"]For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for his glory -NLT [/ecko_quote]

Devotion

When my son was in school I promised him that I would buy him a motorbike provided he get good grades in his final exams. He got good grades, and he pushed forth his request by quoting my promise to him. I asked him to wait till he completes his theory and practical exams alongside a crash course on how to be a responsible and defensive driver. This process made him a bit nervous at times but also anxious about if or not I will fulfil my promise to him. During the course, I did not rush to carry out my promise at the cost of his safety and life. However, he completed the required things, and I fulfilled my promise at the same time.

God’s promises for us are always yes and amen in Christ Jesus. Sometimes when we pray for certain things our Heavenly Father immediately responds and provides it. This shows that God has considered us capable of handling the blessing and that we can be a blessing to Him. In other times His answer and provisions would be delayed. We often become impatient and lose hope. When we lose hope, faith cannot be kindled. Hope is kindling for Faith. We must remember that His delay is not a deny. In His sovereignty, he prepares us to qualify for to handle His blessings. We want an answer to our prayers without proper preparation. Therefore, waiting upon Him and cooperating with Him during the course of preparation is vital. Otherwise, we would misuse His blessings. God gives more to those faithful and good servants- "'Well done!' the king exclaimed. 'You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.' (Luke 19:17).

When Moses saw the two Hebrew men fighting, he intervened to settle the dispute with his Egyptian knowledge and wisdom. His knowledge and understanding were not sufficient to judge Israelites. In fear of his life, he escaped to Midian and waited for 40 years before being qualified to take up the task to lead the Israelites from the captivity. It took another 40 years for him to take them into the promised land. There are many biblical characters who waited patiently before God considered them ready for the assignment and blessings.

Often the Lord calls us aside from our work for a reason and bids us be still and learn here we go forth again to minister. There is no time lost in such waiting hours. Fleeing from his enemies the ancient King found that his horse needed to be re-shod. Prudence seemed to urge him on without delay, but higher wisdom taught him to halt a few minutes at the blacksmith’s forge, by the way, to have the shoe replaced; and although he heard the feet of his pursuers galloping hard behind, yet he waited those minutes until his charger was refitted for his flight. And the, leaping into his saddle just as they appeared a hundred yards away, he dashed away from them with the fleetness of the wind and knew that his halting had hastened his escape. A great deal is said in the Bible about waiting on God. The lesson cannot be too strongly enforced. We easily grow impatient of God’s delays. Much of our trouble in life comes out of our restless, sometimes reckless, haste. We cannot wait for the fruit to ripen, but insist on plucking it while it is green.

What's next?

There are many Divine promises which are conditioned upon the beginning of some action on our part. When we begin to obey, God will begin to bless us. The ten lepers were told to show themselves to the priest, and as they went they were cleansed. If they have waited to see the cleansing come in their flesh before they would start, they would have never seen it. God was waiting to cleanse them; and the moment their faith began to work, the blessings came.

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