Delays Are Not Denials

Dr. Tim Hill -Singer - Songwriter - Author - General Overseer of the Church of God
Dr. Tim Hill -Singer – Songwriter – Author – General Overseer of the Church of God
Holding Patterns are a frequent part of my travel routine and I don’t like them. After long hours of bumpy skies, small seats and gourmet pretzels, I just want to get home. While the shortest distance between two points has always been a straight line, I seldom travel that way. More often than not, I find myself going around in circles while others are landing and moving on with life.

Fundamental to the Christian walk is one’s prayer life. Thankfully, I have found that God always answers prayer and sometimes He says “Yes.” Occasionally, He will say “No.”
Often, He says “wait.”

I love the “yes” answers to prayer and I can tolerate the “no” moments, but I dislike the occasions when He says, “wait.” That’s what He said to Mary and Martha when Lazarus grew sick and died. They had asked him to come earlier and defeat sickness, but in His delay, He conquered death. You see, God can give you something “good” now but waiting ultimately brings what is “better than good” and ultimately what is “best”. Actually, a child of God can expect what is “exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you can ask it think according to the power that works within you .” Ephesians 3:20

God’s delays are not denials. When he says “wait” He hasn’t said “no”, He’s just saying, “not yet.” Like any plane in the sky, you must have enough fuel to maintain a holding pattern when you get in one. Our fuel is called faith. Circling the field requires more than flying on fumes.

Here’s some fuel for you.
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary and walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Dr Timothy Hill

Dr. Timothy Hill currently serves as General Overseer of the Church of God. He has also served as the general director of World Missions; First Assistant General Overseer; Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God; and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. Hill graduated from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2006. Hill has released a book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” which has also been translated into Spanish. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 32 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. Hill is the author of the number one song, “He’s Still in the Fire,” which was voted as Song of the Year by Gospel Voice Magazine.
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