UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 2)
“And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Genesis 45:7 NKJV)
Joseph (the dreamer) saw clearly the picture of the future God had ordained for him at a young age; however, it took him several years to understand God’s purpose for such a glorious future.
While Joseph was convinced through his many spectacular dreams that he would be great and influential in life, however, he was totally ignorant of the purpose of the greatness, dominion and influence that God wanted to give him. Therefore, God had to take him through a process so that he might understand His purpose.
Early in his life Joseph might have wrongly concluded that the dreams and the blessings that God had prepared for him were all about him and for him. But later in life Joseph realized and testified that it was about God’s plan and purpose to save many lives and preserve posterity for the children of Israel.
Joseph testified to his brothers, saying, “God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen. 45:7 NKJV).
Similarly, until you also clearly understand God’s purpose for the dream or vision that He has given you, the time is not yet ripe, and the stage is not yet set for the fulfillment of that dream or vision.
Moreover, just as God did for Joseph, God would need to take you through a process in order for you to see, know, and understand clearly God’s purpose for the dream and vision He has given you.
Like Joseph, most times we also think and act as though God is narrow-minded and self-centred as we are naturally, and as though all that God cares about is only our personal joy, deliverance, victory, comfort, success, breakthrough or prosperity.
How ignorant and mistaken we are!
God is a big God; He has a big heart, vision, plan or purpose that includes everyone and everything He has created.
It is therefore a sheer ignorance to expect God to endorse, support, or help you to accomplish your selfish ambitions and dreams. God does not only love and care about you; He loves and cares about others, too.
God’s purpose is one of the major factors that determine when God will manifest His power and glory in your life or situation.
Until you understand that what God gives to you is not just for you, but for the accomplishment of His purpose on earth; you are not yet mature to be a blessing to others.
Many believers today erroneously think that their personal pleasure, satisfaction, happiness or enjoyment is more important to God than the accomplishment of His purpose on earth.
Therefore, they think and behave in such a way that suggests that God is only concerned about them and no one else. They don’t understand that they are created for God’s pleasure and purpose (Rev. 4:11).
Beloved, you need to know, understand, and walk in the light of the truth that God does not exist to endorse, support, or fulfil your selfish pleasure and ambition. Rather, you exist to fulfil God’s pleasure and purpose.
God’s blessing is not just for your personal consumption, satisfaction or gratification, but for the accomplishment of His purposes on earth!
The Scripture amply testifies to this truth.
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11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (KJV).
7 Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. (NKJV).
Like Joseph, until your mindset is shifted from self to God, you are not yet ready, prepared or mature for God to manifest His power and glory in your life and situation.
Until you know and understand that you exist for God’s pleasure, purpose and glory, you are not yet mature to manage God’s resources.
When God gives you what you are seeking for without you understanding His purpose for giving it to you, you will certainly abuse what God has given you and consume it upon your lust, thereby frustrating God’s purpose and depriving many people of their blessings.
James writes, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (Jam. 4:3 NKJV).
Therefore, the earlier you understand and embrace God’s purpose for your life the earlier you will see God manifesting His power and glory in and through your life and situation.
Beloved, God’s plan and purpose is not just about you; it is far bigger than you, so enlarge your heart!
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, deliver me today from self-centredness. But enlarge my heart to love and be a blessing to others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.