Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3 (GNB Version)
It is not a pleasant thing to experience delay. Generally speaking, nobody ever desires to experience delay in any area or in whatever form; everyone’s desire is to have what he or she wants at the particular moment he or she wants it. Delay usually comes with anxieties, worries and pains to say the least; notwithstanding, when a man is experiencing delay in a particular area of his life, both his actions and inactions are of great importance because they determine his fate ultimately. The way a man handles delays speaks volumes about his life and also reveals things that no one had hitherto discovered about him. To know what to do and what not to do when experiencing delay in a particular area of life, it is necessary to establish the cause of the delay.
When a person is experiencing delay in life, the usual conclusion of most people is that the enemies must be at work. This is not always the case. While it is true that there are instances when powers of darkness can cause serious delays in the life of a person, it must be understood however that not all delays are caused by the enemies. Where powers of darkness are at work, as in the case of Daniel, when God had granted his request right from the very first day he began to pray and fast, but the ‘Prince of Persia’ withstood the answers subjecting him to unnecessary delay of many days, what is required is divine revelation and intervention. Just as God opened the eyes of Daniel and stepped into the situation, He is able to reveal the secrets you need to know and deliver you from the valleys of delay the enemies have kept you if you seek His face passionately.
Another major cause of delay is ignorance. Ignorance usually keeps a man in darkness of the will and purpose of God. As long as a man is ignorant of God’s will for his life, he will spend so much time pursuing things which do not have significance or relevance to his destiny; this will certainly bring about delays and stagnancy. As believers, it is important we seek divine guidance of the Holy Spirit at all times so as to take the right steps at the right time. If our steps are ordered by the Holy Spirit, we can have the assurance that we would never embark on fruitless journeys and ventures which will cause unnecessary delays in our lives. Before you embark on any venture, the wisest thing to do is to seek God’s clearance so as to avoid labour loss and unnecessary delay.
It is important to mention that God may allow delays in one form or the other in the lives of His children. If He does this, it is essentially to achieve His divine purpose. God’s delay is certainly not denial! If God asks you to wait, it is not to waste your time or subject you to unnecessary pains, but to give you the very best. God may allow delay in certain areas of our lives in order to make us learn patience and make us mature. Patience is a virtue, a fruit of the Spirit all believers must exhibit in their walk with God. It may be very difficult to establish how much a person loves the Lord when everything is going smoothly and there are no delays at all. A person who truly loves the Lord will never abandon God because of delay in a particular area of his or her life. Those who seek the Lord only for what they hope to receive from Him, will never have the patience to trust God during time of delays, they usually give in to pressures to cut corners and seek ungodly alternatives.
Dearly beloved, are you experiencing delay in any area of your life – delay in marriage, child-bearing, gaining admission into higher institutions, getting employment, etc? This is not the time to compromise or look around for ungodly alternatives. The promise of God concerning your life is that your pains will not last forever. If you had already compromised your stand in God because you are experiencing delay or have sought helps from mortal man, fetish people, false prophets, demonic and questionable sources, you have to repent immediately and seek God’s mercy in order to escape the wrath of God. Nothing on earth is worth trading away your eternity, you cannot afford to lose your precious salvation. To experience divine intervention, you must have the right attitude during the seasons of delay, there must never be root of bitterness in your heart; you must not give yourself to complaints, self pity and murmurings against God.
If you are experiencing delay at the moment, don’t ever believe the lies of the devil that God has forgotten you; no matter what you feel, God will never forget or abandon you in that situation if you trust Him with all your hearts. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Isaiah 49:14-15. The Almighty God is set to remember you as He has promised. Get ready, heaven is lifting you out of the valley of delay; the Almighty God will soon settle you and everyone who has laughed at you will henceforth laugh with you. Amen. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1Peter 5:10. Beginning from today, heaven shall set in motion the vehicle of your destiny that has been immobilized by the powers of darkness in the mighty name of Jesus. As you appeal to the limitless power of the Almighty God, heaven will remove you from awaiting list and set you up for rapid progress. There shall be no more delay says the Lord!