Don’t Fear in God’s Delays

“Do you remember how the Lord led you through the wilderness for all those forty years, humbling you and testing you to find out how you would respond, and whether or not you would really obey him?”(Deuteronomy 8:2 TLB).

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By Pastor Rick Warren

Dreams are never fulfilled immediately. There’s always a waiting period. The Israelites were brought out of Egypt and then wandered around for 40 years before they went into the Promised Land, even though the trip shouldn’t have taken more than a few weeks.

Just like the Israelites, sometimes we are delayed by design. Every dream has difficulties. God uses delays to get us ready for those difficulties.

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God also uses delays to test us. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:2, “Do you remember how the Lord led you through the wilderness for all those forty years, humbling you and testing you to find out how you would respond, and whether or not you would really obey him?”(TLB).

So when your dream is delayed, how should you respond?

Don’t fear!

Embracing fear is the first mistake the Israelites made. Deuteronomy 1:28a says, “Why should we go there? We are afraid. The men we sent tell us that the people there are stronger and taller than we are” (GNT). The Israelites had enough faith to move out of Egypt, but they didn’t have enough faith to move into the Promised Land. They were afraid.

The problem with fear is that it keeps you in the wilderness. It prolongs the delay. Many of your dreams have never been fulfilled, not because of God but because of you, because you wouldn’t step out in faith.

The antidote to fear is faith, focusing on God’s presence. Realize that God is with you. He says, “Fear not, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10a TLB). He’s with you now, he always has been, and he always will be.

Maybe you’re in the delay phase right now. You’ve been praying about something, and it hasn’t happened yet. You may start to think that God has forgotten you.

God has not forgotten you! It is a delay by design. God knows what you’re going through. He wants to build your character, and he wants you to learn to trust in him. You can count on him for his help. Don’t fear.

Talk It Over

  • How has God’s testing of your faith produced spiritual growth in your life?
  • What are your fears about where God may be leading you or what he may be asking you to do?

Disclaimer: The intention of posting the daily hope is to promote Pastor Rick Warren. No other intention other than this.

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12 thoughts on “Don’t Fear in God’s Delays

  1. On a personal note, I think God always has His perfect plans for us and if He delays in answering our prayers it either to test our faith in him or for a far better reason, “God’s ways are not our ways” rather than we complaining about His delay

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  2. 😭😭😭 love this John ❤️❤️❤️

    I have always believed in God , my faith has been shaken a few times …. but with each heartbreak and set back and with all the pain it still lead me back to him.
    I got saved 6 months after my grandfather was diagnosed with alztimers disease . That was the only time I struggled with my faith that was 4 years ago . Even thou I got saved I still battles spirtural with myself . I felt my faith struggle again hard last year when he passed away . I have held on to grieve , memories and pain for the last 15 months , I made the choice last week to return back to church tomorrow night for Wednesday night service . 😊

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    1. With all of those struggles, and yet you’ve never turn your back to Jesus. You’re great! Your “Faith” has been tested! The struggles, ups and down has been tested, now that you returned back in the Church, a good thing you’ve done, did you ever ask the God? Why is this happening to you? Ask him, and one of this day you will find out why, he will give you the answers… You will be very blessed from now on.

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  3. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is the first devotional book I bought.. after reading it I gave it to a friend who was diagnosed with cancer.

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    1. Wow! I never read that book, but I already seen and hold it. When I was studying way back in College, it’s in our Library. But I never read it. Because I don’t believe it before. It was just this year, 4 months ago I found out about the author of that book, it’s Pastor Rick! When I received his Daily Hope, I got a lot of encouragement so I shared it here on my blog page for the benefit of others. Thanks for liking my articles. 🙂

      One thing I would like to add to my comment, you really did a great job and God is cheering you up! When you gave your book to your friend who is sick suffering cancer, you gave hope to others.

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