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Delayed Not Denied!

“My spouse doesn’t seem to be interested in church.”

“I rocked that interview…but I didn’t get the job.”

“The job promotion I “deserved” was given to someone else.”

“God told me that He would open other doors for me, but He hasn’t.”

“Times are getting hard, I’m waiting on that “financial blessing” You promised me.”

“I’ve done everything in my power to change ___________situation but it isn’t working.”

“I have dated many men but none have ever popped the question.”

“I don’t think I’ll ever have another child after suffering that horrible miscarriage.”

“I’m sick and I can’t seem to get well.”

Many of us can find ourselves in at least one of the statements above. We have done something, experienced a life situation or prayed about something and feel as though we are being denied. It’s often hard to embrace but God does  things according to His will in His own time and His time is actually always on time.

Consider the story of Lazarus: Now a man named Lazarus was sick.  When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”  So then He told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.  A few verses later, Jesus goes to Judaea and is taken to Lazarus’ tomb.  “Take away the stone,” He said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone.   When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11: 1, 4, 14-15, 39-41, 43-44 KJV)

In Mary and Martha’s eyes Jesus was late. They called Jesus when their brother was sick but He didn’t show up until four days after he died. Jesus tells the disciples He was glad that He wasn’t there when Lazarus died so that they too would now believe. Isn’t that interesting? Sometimes God will show up in our lives when we think a situation is dead and breathe life into it so that we can see His glory and further increase our faith in Him.

Recently, I was attending the graduation of a friend receiving her PhD in Electrical Engineering (yeah she’s a smart cookie) and I was reminded that God’s delay (to you) doesn’t mean God’s denial. This was no ordinary graduation. My friend chose not to walk the stage for her Bachelor’s degree or for her Master’s degree and her road to the Doctorate was filled with MANY obstacles. It took her MUCH longer to complete than average and I am quite certain that the majority of people who endured the trials that she did would have bowed out gracefully.  People questioned her commitment, talked about the length of time that she was in school and suggested that she should throw in the towel. It always amazes me that other people will allow their lack of faith to dictate how they believe you should live your life. She blocked out the naysayers and trusted in God alone. She believed that one day she would finish and her mother would see her walk across the stage. She was determined and had a tremendous amount of faith. I cannot explain the overwhelming pride, joy and goose bumps that I experienced when I saw her reach this milestone in her life. Through it all God was forever present. He never left her! He NEVER DENIED her!

Sometimes our faith is challenged when our timeline and God’s timeline don’t mesh. We can become absolutely downtrodden because our season has not arrived and the things that we believe God for have not come to fruition. What we forget is that God holds the roadmap for our life. He knows “when” to release our blessings so that He can be glorified and we will recognize the true source of our help. Delay does not equal denial.

Dear Daddy,

Forgive us for mistaking what is a delay to us as a denial by You. You have said in Your word that You will grant us the desires of our heart and that You will supply our needs according to Your riches in glory. Help our unbelief! Remind us that Your will will be done and that You always show up at the appointed place at the appointed time. Grant us the faith and determination to persevere through what seems like never ending, challenging situations. Help us to endure because Your timeline is all that matters. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to consider Lazarus! Even in his death, the prayers of Mary and Martha were not denied. I EMPOWER you to throw your timeline away because God has a pre-appointed release on His divine calendar.  Stay strong, continue to work and keep the faith. It may appear delayed but you are not denied!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

18 thoughts on “Delayed Not Denied!”

  1. This is a statement I have to remember as I go through life’s trials. What I try to remember is that while in the delay period, you learn strength and perseverance………..which must complete it’s work. I always seem to forget that the delay is not denial when I am in the delay period.

    Love it!!!

    1. You definitely will learn some strength and perseverance in the delay period. It is the only thing that will get you through and it will make you better on the other side.

  2. So this MUST be my lesson for today. Two of my other daily devotional reads were about timing and wating on God, etc. (((OKAY, GOD I get it!!!!)))

    I know that I have had something before Him for a VERY long time. Some days the enemy makes me think its a wrap but fresh words like yours remind me that if He said it, that settles it.

    Thanks Lundy!

    1. “If he said it, that settles it”

      I love that…and I need to remember it. God works out his plan in his time not ours but it’s okay to continue to lay your petition before the throne.

      SN: Even more ironic, Tosha told me she wrote a blog with the same title on her fabulous 40 blog the other day. Of course since I’m not a member of that club I didn’t see it but look how God get’s his word out.

  3. Chancee!!
    Loved itttt!!!! I’m checking myself right now for situations/heart desires I bring to God and may feel like it’s just not meant for me to have. Thank You for the scriptures reminding us that when we think certain things are “dead” just from our visual point, God is just waiting for His PERFECT TIMING to give the blessings when we’re spiritually and emotionally ready and able to receive them. God bless you Sis!

    1. Dee it’s all about our readiness to receive the blessings that he has for us. I can definitely attest to that. Some things I have asked for in the past, I couldn’t handle if he had given the blessing to me right then. I only know this looking back but was upset at the time. He is breathing life into situations that we think are dead and have forgot about. Im thankful that he continues to work on my behalf even when I become doubtful.

  4. Great piece Ms. Lundy! I have been dealing with this issue for the longest… My time is NOT God’s time but the notion that a delay is not a denial is ALL I needed! I will def wait it out because I know God is the brains behind my operation! Be Blessed and thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Tasha! Yes maam! He is the BRAINS behind the operation! I couldn’t have said it better. Girl I have been dealing with it too for a long time; but God continues to show me through others and some things in my own life that he still answers prayers and he still grants us the desires of our heart. I know he can and I know he will.

  5. Chancee this is breath taking. I am a few of those above. Sometimes I feel like God is not on time when in actuality he is. I’m assuming that God is delaying for his own reasons and maybe there is a lesson that needs to be learned or so.Your post added a little more faith in me knowing that God wont deny maybe delay. Thanks…….

    1. Amber to be honest there are some times when we are denied because God allows His will to be done; however, if we remember that ALL things work together for the GOOD of them that love the Lord we will know that even those things that we didn’t get are a part of his divine purpose for our life too. What’s a delay to us is “on time” to God. Fortunately we don’t know his schedule or his calendar for granting requests but we know that he always shows up just when we need him the most.

  6. Thank you, thank you and THANK you for this due-season word. I’ve been asking God for some things in my life. A husband. A better job. Financial blessings. But I’ve been having some obstacles. However, I must remember that the trying of my faith works patience in me. So i will be patient and serve God with a whole heart. We must remember that our time is not God’s time. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you. 🙂 And may God continue to use you to carry His message of empowerment.

  7. “I must remember that the trying of my faith works patience in me.”

    Welcome and thanks for your comment! This statement sums it all up. The “delay” period is only a trying of my faith and that is a test that I don’t want to fail.

  8. Honey I read it when it was posted yesterday but you know I can’t reply because I am in front of children but girlllll I needed a praise break!!!!! No kidding. Delayed but not denied is one of my stories and I am so thankful that you shared this word. I needed to be reminded that even though i havent received everything that has been promised to me and sometimes I want to give up, Galatians 6:9 says Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Thank you!

    1. Sheka I LOVE that verse!! Let me keep on working because at his appointed time I shall reap the harvest that he has for me. Love it!

  9. Just got out of Prayer and wouldn’t you know this specific REMA Word from God spoke to me as clear as day. You may be delayed but you are not denied. I thank God fr his LOGOS Word and His REMA Word!!!

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