BE PATIENT, GOD IS WORKING (2) – Apst. Joshua Talena

(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, Thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

God has good plans for you, just be patient. In bringing that plan to actualization, delays might come. But I want you to know that delay is not denial. When you experience delay, it a time of preparing you for the actualization. As a young man, God had given Joseph a promise that one day he would rule. But for thirteen good years, everything went exactly opposite to the promise. His brothers, who hated him, sold him to the Egyptians. As a slave in Potiphar’s house, he was falsely accused of attempting to rape his master’s wife. Then he was thrown into prison and forgotten.

In all these, Joseph refused to let his circumstances determine his future. He allowed no self-pity or bitterness to rob him of faith in God. Instead, he chose to use each circumstance – whether at home, at Potiphar’s house, or in the prison as God’s appointed place where he would serve him with all of his heart, gift and talent and in return, God blessed him and made him a blessing.

Instead of using the delayed promise as a reason to complain and grumble against God, Joseph kept reminding himself of God’s promises which gave him courage and strength. He let go of expectations of how and when God would carry out the promise. In the meantime God was up to something much bigger than he could have imagined. In time – God’s time! – Joseph became a ruler in a foreign land- Egypt!

Has God promised you anything and it seems to be delaying? Child of God! Delay is not denial. God’s plan and purpose for your life shall surely manifest. Trust Him even when life doesn’t make sense. God’s good plan is being carried out and those circumstances and situations are needed to prepare you. As shown in Joseph’s life, even tragedy and evil can be part of God’s plan to give you an expected end.

Meditation: Has God promised you anything and it seems to be delaying? Child of God! Delay is not denial. God’s plan and purpose for your life shall surely manifest.

RM: The Fruit of the Spirit

Prayer: Dear Lord, cleanse my heart of self-pity and resentment I want to trust you that your good plan for my life is being carried out in my present circumstances. Amen.

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