Delays are uncomfortable. Airport delays, road construction delays, delays with ordered items… Delays can cause frustration, anxiousness, and possibly even anger and discontent.
When it comes to our faith and walk with the Lord, we can experience what we perceive as “delays”. We may become anxious, discontent, and feel complete helplessness, but notably, what we may consider “delays”, the Lord considers timing.
Second Peter addresses one type of “delay”, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 Peter makes clear that what some see as “delay” is timing motivated by God’s patience and unending love, like His love for the lost.
This applies to His people as well: “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18).
Other times, God’s “delays” could be Him putting the pieces together, like with a puzzle, and at just the right time, He will reveal the bigger picture in our life, which most likely, is part of an even bigger picture that includes the lives of others: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Today, trust in God’s timing. He may be orchestrating and moving pieces in a bigger picture, or it may be His patience and love at work. Be patient and trust Him.