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How to Handle Delays

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Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 1 Peter 5:6 NIV

Hi friends! I am delighted you have stopped by today. Refining has been an amazing journey over the past sixteen months. It went from simple reflection on paper to small groups, retreats, online classes, Zoom meetings, one-on-one mentoring, Facebook, Instagram, and a blog. WOW! I am still in awe from God’s amazing work without delay.

As I reflect upon the journey, I can’t help but think about God’s timing. Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven”. The Lord’s timetable is perfect yet I often find myself existing elsewhere. I frequently have to remind myself of Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

Timing is a tricky issue. There are times we need to speed it up, slow it down, or even just wait. WAIT? Yes, that is a word I don’t like to hear either, especially in regards to my personal agenda. How often do you like to hear the words, “Sorry friend, there has been a delay in your plans” or “You will have to exhibit patience because this is impossible currently”? Urgh! My initial response-Are you serious?

What about you? How do you respond to delays? Is patience your strong suit? Are you the poster child for waiting? Most people try to avoid delays. They take a different pathway to work to avoid a school zone or travel outside of peak hours to avoid traffic. I am guilty of taking matters into my own hands when I believe my time waiting is deemed as wasteful.

2 Ways to Respond to Delays

  • Remain faithful and rely on God’s timing: What would you say if I told you our delays could be part of God’s plans? The Bible is filled with examples. Remember when David was anointed as a king? He had to wait 13 years before he was truly anointed. How did he respond? David remained faithful and loyal to the Lord. He trusted God’s timing.  

The Lord has great plans. In our journey, He will expect us to exercise endurance and perseverance when our agenda is delayed. We can allow waiting to build our character. God has devised a reason for the postponement. Although the time lag may seem a waste, the Father will continue to stand beside us. It is up to us to permit God to continue in the driver seat and direct our pathway. Delays are a test of faith. They quickly reveal the ruling authority over our lives.

  • Take matters into your own hands: Although God doesn’t expect us to sit back and do nothing, He does want us to remain committed to His ways. For generations, we seem to struggle to be compliant. Think about Abraham. He decided he should get ahead of God to have a child.  

We live in an instantaneous world where things come quickly-fast food, 2-day shipping, messaging, texting, quick pay, and the list continues. Why would we tolerate delays? They are a nuisance and we have been conditioned to believe we are better off taking matters into our own hands than waiting. So, jump on a solution and avoid waiting. Life is too short.

But God quickly reminds us of the test-the delay exam-Who do you truly honor? Are you more loyal to man’s ways or God’s direction? Do you fear being seen as a failure in the world’s eyes or do you really rely on God and His timing? Can you find joy in waiting? Do you have what it takes to be dedicated and constant in your faith when God seems to be dragging His feet? Are you devoted to fighting back those selfish agendas and committed to resist the enemy’s schemes?

Just food for thought…How do you handle delays? Better yet, how will you handle it the next time it rears its ugly head?

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. Psalm 130:5

God Word: Financial Dimension

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Today is the final posting for the series regarding the six life dimensions presented in the book One Word. I hope you have enjoyed diving into each impact area of Your God Word and the postings have been helpful in assessing your personal pathway. Our Father wants to be fully involved in all aspects so our entire life can be reflective of Him.      

Week 6: Financial

With each series we have defined the dimension term. The term financial relates to anything dealing with finances/monetary issues: tithing, loans, savings, budgets, investments, checking accounts, being thrifty, wise spending, handling business, purchasing, gifting, etc. Basically, it is being a good steward of the money God has given us. Although I have heard money referred to as the “root of all evil”, it can be used to extend the hand of God in a multitude of ways. There are thousands of mission organizations and nonprofit entities impacting the world for the Lord due to monetary gifts.  

Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds; Proverbs 27:23 (NKJV)

Permit me to expand upon this definition based on my personal takeaway. When I think of the financial dimension, I am taken back to a life lesson after living in Europe. Once I returned to American soil, it became very apparent of why we may be known as a “throw away” society. Compared to other countries I had experienced, I noticed Americans have a lot of “stuff”, yet don’t typically take the greatest of care of what they have. Europe did awaken my senses to what little is really needed to live and how to treasure what I have. 

During the first few months back in the U.S., it broke my heart to see the waste and the materialist mindset. I realized taking care of what I had and not falling into gluttony for the sake of “keeping up” were also part of financial well-being. It is also making good use of the resources God extends to us. 

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. Proverbs 21:20 (ESV)

Over time, I feel I have fallen back into the American way of life. It is so convicting and heartbreaking when I know God probably had a better use of the way I have spent money. (His money-not mine: even that waivers in my thinking periodically! URGH!!)

All that to ask-Do you handle your assets and monetary areas under God’s authority? Gosh, that is never an easy question to ask yourself nor anyone else for that matter. Most don’t want to take a closer look at their financial handling according to God’s way because they feel entitled to the money–THEY worked hard for it and THEY earned it. However, it is important to talk it over with the Lord and allow Him to discern the way He wants us to manage our finances because they are a blessing He gives. 

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 (NASB)

Application: Applying your God Word to your finances may seem odd. But much like the other five dimensions, it is a matter of living under God’s authority. Our loving Father wants us to be healthy in all spectrums of life. So how can your God Word impact your financial well-being? Do you struggle giving up control over your hard earned money? Do you find it difficult to tithe? Is your finances an area where you need more faith in God?

Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 (NASB)

Accountability: The Holy Spirit is a great accountability partner. He has a way of tugging at your heartstrings and prompting you to handle life differently than what your flesh desires. Our God Word should also be a way of keeping us aware of living life under the Lord’s authority. 

Let’s get real–What are you willing to do to give God complete control over your money? How can your God Word keep you on budget and making good financial choices? Do you need to seek professional advice? Or perhaps it is just a change of perspective? It is always a kicker for me when I ask myself, “How would Jesus handle this paycheck?  

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NASB)

Assessment: I know the hardest thing about finances for me is when I ponder a bad financial decision or unwise use of God’s money. However, through our failures we often can learn great lessons. Assess your finances. Take ownership of your spending, budgeting, and planning. Be aware of wholesome ways to use the resources God has given you and allow your God word to assist in managing your financial dimension. 

But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, Deuteronomy 8:18a (ESV)

Father God, give us your insight to properly manage our finances and provisions you have freely given us. 

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