God is never late – Part 2
We too so often ask like Martha did: “Lord, why weren’t you here to help? If only you had come when we needed you!” As human beings we think that when Jesus doesn’t show up on our schedule, that He is late.Is God ever late? Even when Jesus knew that Lazarus was sick, He waited two days before coming to see him. John 11:6: “When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”
Lazarus had been dead for four days before Jesus arrived! John 11:17: “Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.” When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. Martha said, “Lord, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
As for Martha, Jesus didn’t arrive according to schedule and was very late. Some have God on their personal timetable. If He doesn’t come through when they think He needs to, they assume something must be wrong somewhere.God is never late and can never be late. God is not bound by our concepts of time. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1. God’s time is the best time and the right time.
We must learn to wait on God while it seems He delays. Isaiah 40:31 says, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Don’t get weary while the problem last, get deeply involved and more committed to the service of the Kingdom. It won’t be long God will arrive like Jesus did in the case of Lazarus. Jesus makes all the difference and I see Him step into your ugly situation.
Are you bankrupt, broken and forsaken? I hear the Master saying, “I am coming to visit you.” There is hope for you, don’t die yet. Galatians 6:9b says, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Faint not beloved, Jesus will surely step into your situation. He is never late but always on time.You may be thinking that time is far spent for you to get married or have a child? The Bible says, And being not weak in faith, Abraham did not consider his own body already become dead, being about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb (Romans 4:19). I say to you, “Be not weak in faith,” and believe God for a miracle.
We must not fail to understand that there is an appointed time and due season. Where the promises of God are concerned, it’s not a matter of “if” He’s going to come through; it’s only a matter of “When.” God is coming through. God will not delay. You will reap at the proper time. Your faith will be rewarded.
After Martha met with Jesus, Jesus immediately comforted Martha by saying, “Your brother will rise again” (John 11:23). Beloved, you shall rise from your pitfall. Neither Martha nor Mary knew that the story would end with a resurrected Lazarus. Mary saw death as the end because Jesus was late, and not even Jesus could fix that. But then Jesus introduced Himself as the resurrection and life by bringing Lazarus back to life.
God is never late. Slowly, steadily and surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled (Habakkuk2:3). Sometimes God does answer faster than email on high speed cable but also sometimes He delays so as to increase our faith in Him. In Mathew 8, the disciples of Jesus thought that Jesus was not quick in responding to the storm that almost overturned their boat inside the water. But when Jesus finally woke up, He rebuked the storm and there was calmness. That miracle increased their faith in God.
Today’s Nugget: It’s your season of miracle
Prayer: Father, I thank you for stepping into my situation, for I know you are never late in Jesus Name, Amen.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor,General Superintendent,Assemblies of God Nigeria