SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014.
DELAY IS NOT DENIAL
‘And Hagar bore Abram a son and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram,’ Gen. 15v15-16.
It was a common practice in Ancient culture for a married man to take a servant as a wife. Abram fell into this cultural practice. But this was contrary to God’s original design for marriage. A man cleaves to his wife and not to his maid servant as found in the case of Abram. However, we can see that this singular mistake Abram made has kept the world ever since then restless. People are yet to understand that delay is not denial.
God’s promise to Abram was that: ‘I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing,’ Gen. 12v2. Even when Abram cried in his state of childlessness: ‘…O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, behold, you have given me no offspring and a member of my household will be my heir,’ Gen. 15v2-3. It was his fear that a member of his household will take over his lineage. It was that fear that made him to succumb to the suggestion of his wife Sarai as if to say, let us help God fulfill His promise.
Let it be stated that God is never wavering in His promises. It may delay but certainly it will actualize. The Bible told us that when Abraham was hundred years old, God gave him the child of promise and he named him Isaac. That same God is available to those who faithfully follow Him today. Whatever He may have said to you and to your family, no matter how long it takes, shall certainly come your way. The psalmist beckons on us: ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good,’ Psalms 34v8.
It is unfortunate though that some believers take God and His promises for granted. Sometimes they rely more on human knowledge, empty philosophies, at other times, they are too impatient to wait for this God who they say may not act as they would have Him do. Or they feel that He is too slow to act at all. But is God really slow? Is He unable to act? Certainly, no!
Those who would reap from the abundance of His grace must learn to go with Him at His own pace and never to equate His pace with man’s own. Ofcourse, men are always in a hurry but God is never like that, even if we think He is slow, yes, call Him slow and steady. Yet, He will get to His destination for you in Jesus name, Amen! The Holy writ was right: ‘For a thousand years in thy sight Are but as yesterday when it is past, And as a watch in the night,’ Psalms 90v4. Child of God, do you believe this?
I think time has come for people to look up to this God that never in any way denies His people what is due to them. Therefore, stop over-reacting and underrating Him but only put your hand in the hollow of His hands, you will never regret it.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.