Friday, July 3, 2009

Delayed Blessings

This is from my devotional Streams In the Dessert I am a day
ahead since we are going out of town this weekend for the
fourth of July and I only want to take my bible. I wanted to
share this really quick before we leave.

July 4
For the vision is yet for an appointed time.... though it tarry, wait
for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Hab. 2:3)

In the charming little booklet Expectation Corner, Adam Slowman
was led into the Lord's treasure houses, and among many other
wonders there revealed to him was the "Delayed Blessing Office,"
where God kept certain things, prayed for, until the wise time
came to send them.
It takes a long time for some pensioners to learn that delays
are not denials. Ah, there are secrets of love and wisdom in the
"Delayed Blessings Department," which are little dreamt of!
Men would pluck their mercies green when the Lord would
have them ripe. "Therefore will the Lord WAIT, that He may
be gracious unto you"(Isa. 30:18). He is watching in the hard
places and will not allow one trial too many; He will let the dross
be consumed, and then He will come gloriously to your help
Do not grieve Him by doubting His love. Nay, lift up your
head, and begin to praise Him even now for the deliverance
which is on the way to you, and you will be abundantly rewarded
for the delay which has tried your faith.

O Thou of little faith,
God hath not failed thee yet!
When all looks dark and gloomy,
Thou dost so soon forget~

Forget that He has led thee,
And gently cleared thy way;
On clouds has poured His sunshine,
And turned thy night to day.

And if He's helped thee hitherto,
He will not fail thee now;

How it must wound His loving heart
To see thy anxious brow!

Oh! doubt not any longer,
To Him commit thy way,
Whom in the past thou trusted,
And is "just the same today."


  1. WOW this is really good. I especially liked the part "Men would pluck their mercies green when the Lord would
    have them ripe." So true. Thanks for the encouragement.


  2. Kathy, that's awesome! I am the queen of wanting things NOW but I gotta say, after 1 1/2 adoptions...I'm finally getting it that God sees the BIG picture....and I don't. His timing is perfect, and mine is always in haste. Sigh. I'm so very thankful that He is so graciously patient with me. :)

  3. Thank you Kathy for that wonderful devotional.

    The Lord reminded me of this verse this morning in Job 19:25-26: "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed,yet in my flesh I will see God." what a blessing that day will be! the day we will no longer wait, the day all of our desires will be filled, the day we will forever be together. Praise God!