This morning, I read the following poem:
He asked for strength that he might achieve, he was made weak that he might endure.
He asked for health to do larger things, he was given infirmity that he might do better things.
He asked for power that he might impress men, he was given weakness that he might seek God.
He asked for wealth that he might be free from care, he was given poverty that he might be wiser than carefree.
He asked for all things that he might enjoy life, he was given life that he might enjoy all things.
He received nothing he asked for. He received more than he ever hoped for.
His prayer was answered! Blessed man!
The Bible gives us a number of examples of people who encountered blocked doors. Take Abraham and Sarah for example. They desired a child with all of their hearts. God went so far as to tell them on more than one occasion that someday they would have a child and yet as the years went by, Sarah remained barren. Impatient, they decided to take matters into their own hands. I have learned from personal experience it is never a good idea to take matters into your own hands or try to force God's hand. It simply does not work and they soon found that out.
Why did God delay His promise? I couldn't tell you why except that while Abraham and Sarah were waiting, they learned a great deal about God and grew in their relationship with Him. Those years of waiting were years of preparation.
Years of preparation. We can easily see that was the case when it came to people like Joseph and Moses. Both of them ended up in a foreign country, one as a slave and later a prisoner and the other one as a refugee and later a shepherd. but in both situations, the experiences of their youth prepared them for the task God called them to do in the future.
Daniel is another example. He was taken captive from his homeland and ended up in a strange land. Could such a thing be God's will? Daniel fervently believed that God guided his steps and he would trust God no matter what. He would not sit before the "blocked door" and cry. Instead, he would look for the door that God had opened.
In our own lives, there will be times when we encounter blocked doors. Sometimes God will unblock those doors to our delight and amazement. When He does, we can joyously go through them. There are other times though, when the door is blocked and tightly sealed. As much as we want to go through that door, God says no and we must listen to God even if we do not like what He is saying at the moment.
It is then that we must patiently wait on the Lord, desiring His will rather than our own. In His time, He will open the door. Oh, it might not be the first door. It may be the green door down the hall and to the right but it is the right door. God's doors always are, you know. They are custom-made.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Hey! My mother sent me this just this evening!
It's a great prayer, and this is a great blog to go with it
[quote]Why did God delay His promise? I couldn't tell you why except that while Abraham and Sarah were waiting, they learned a great deal about God and grew in their relationship with Him. Those years of waiting were years of preparation.[/quote]
The explanation that you gave is good enough for me. Gods delays are to bring us in a closer oneness with him - that is the only sane explanation for in bringing many sons and daughters unto glory we must be tried and found to be true.