When God created us, He created us with completely different destinies. He made everything in such a way that everyone was created to have a unique life, a unique purpose and a unique future. His timing for every event in our lives is also very different.
For instance, some people were born to attain success without trying too hard, while some were born to work, toil and wait for decades before reaching their own breakthroughs. Every single person in this world has a different fate, and that fate is bound to unfold and materialize at very different times. As such, the purpose of today’s article is to remind you that your Delay is definitely not your Denial.
So what are these two key words and how dissimilar are they? Delay simply means a period of time in which something is late or postponed, while Denial is the complete rejection of a particular request or appeal. These two words, though very distinct and unalike, are often intertwined and labeled as the same thing.
It is very easy to feel dismal and miserable when you realize that everyone is achieving so many great things in life, except you. Perhaps all your friends are getting married and you’re still single, or everyone seems to be hitting a financial jackpot, while you remain broke and unable to pay your bills. I have personally experienced this dilemma plenty of times before; watching everybody around me getting the things I’ve desperately waited for. In most cases, it is during trying times like this, that we sit back and ask God, “When is my own turn going to come?”
I’m here to tell you that; just because it’s not happening now doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen at all. And just because it’s happening for someone else doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen for you. Like the bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens; so all you have to do is trust and wait on it.
The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop leaders and make them equipped for their purposes and destinies. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, and for 14,600 days, Moses kept waiting and asking, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “No.” Imagine waiting 80 years to fulfil something? That must have been overwhelming for Moses. But at the end of the day, God made him a powerful man in all the earth, and his time of “Delay” was completely worth it.
Another example is Habakkuk. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say:
“These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3, LB)
So, please remember that whatever blessing you’re desperately waiting for is going to come, but only at the right time. Don’t force something because everyone around you seems to have it. Wait on God to bless you with all that your heart desires, because His timing is always best.
I know it’s never easy being held on standstill. (I personally get a mini anxiety attack whenever my pizza doesn’t arrive on time.) But concerning whatever you have been expecting in your life, always remind yourself that delay is not denial. It’s going to happen, whether the devil likes it or not.
Like I said earlier on, we all have different destinies, which will unfold in completely different ways. As such, try not to compare yourself to the person who got your life-long wish in the span of 24 hours. For some people, it takes a year to make it, while for some; it takes a decade. It all depends on how God has written your life’s story – so trust in Him and believe in your heart that your season of jubilation is going to come someday.