Delay is Not Denial


When we are passing through difficult situations and have prayed and fasted and it still seems as if God has forgotten us, it is easy to feel abandoned and depressed. However, we should know that delay does not mean denial. Just because we have forgotten. God is working out a plan that will not only produce the best result for you but will also display his glory for all to see so that  there will be no no doubt that only He could have done it.

Let consider the story of Lazarus according to John 11:1-44; (AMP) 1:Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 2:This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick. 3:So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick. 4:When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.5 :Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.] 6:Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.7 :Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.8:The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews only recently were intending and trying to stone You, and are You [thinking of] going back there again?9:Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Anyone who walks about in the daytime does not stumble, because he sees [by] the light of this world. 10:But if anyone walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him [the light is lacking to him].11:He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I am going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep.12:The disciples answered, Lord, if he is sleeping, he will recover.13:However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep.14 :So then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead,15:And for your sake I am glad that I was not there; it will help you to believe (to trust and rely on Me). However, let us go to him.16 :Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us go too, that we may die [be killed] along with Him.17:So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days. 18 :Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away, 19:And a considerable number of the Jews had gone out to see Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.20:When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.21:Martha then said to Jesus, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22:And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.

23:Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.24:Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.25:Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; 26:And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?27:She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.] 28:After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, The Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you.29:When she heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him.30:Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.31:When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.32:When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.33:When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.] 34:And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see. 35:Jesus wept.36:The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!37:But some of them said, Could not He Who opened a blind man’s eyes have prevented this man from dying? 38:Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. It was a cave (a hole in the rock), and a boulder lay against [the entrance to close] it.39:Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days! 40:Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?41:So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.42:Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].43:When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out! 44:And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.

Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, who was sick, and his sisters had sent word to the Lord to come and heal him. They were in no doubt that Jesus would be heal him. They were in no doubt that Jesus would be able to heal him. They had seen him heal the sick and many more miracles in the past. But after Jesus received the message, the bible reports to us that He stayed back for two more days. He didn't rush so that God's glory be further displayed in a greater way than ever before.  His delay was part of the greater plan to prove the greatness of God over every situation. If Jesus had arrived before Lazarus died, his healing would not have been so miraculous like him being raised from the dead after four days.

Are you passing through a situation whereby it seems that you have been forgotten? Do not despair! God has not forgotten you neither is His “silence” a denial of your request. Be rest assured that is working out a better plan for you. A plan that will leave all that hear it glorifying the name of the Lord. It will be clear that it is only God that could have done it and you will forget the time of your trial and give glory to God. Hold on to His promise. At the appointed time you shall rejoice. Remember ; delay is not denial.