Luke 2:25-32

Many believers are frustrated today because they have been waiting for the manifestation of their prayers or the promises of God to be fulfilled. Many have been praying for a job, a pay raise, or the resolution to a problem—but no answer has yet come. David expresses this sentiment in Psalm 69:17 when he calls out to God: “Answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.”

Have you ever been frustrated with God? Have you met other people who were? Have you waited and waited for that thing to happen and it still hasn’t? That husband still hasn’t appeared to ask your hand in marriage? The baby have refused to show up? The promises of help, the job, the business breakthrough are not manifesting physically?

The frustration is based on the fact that our expectations are not being meant. The frustration is heighten when it seems time is of essence. That is the reason why many question God to know what is wrong. There are some Christians who see these things in the spiritual realm but they refuse to manifest.

Why the delay? The delay may be caused by God, devil or ourselves. God always has good reasons for delaying.God delays because His ways are not our ways, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8–9).

When God causes a delay, it is for a purpose. John 11:4 says, “When He heard this, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.’ This verse is part of a broader passage in John 11:1–43 concerning the death and resurrection of Lazarus. When Lazarus was sick, Jesus purposefully delayed in going to him. During the delay, Lazarus died. Jesus ultimately resurrected Lazarus, which was a manifestation of Jesus’s glory for all to see.

In Daniel 10:13, Daniel remarked, “But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way.” Daniel’s answer was delayed by the activity of demonic forces sent to disrupt the plan of God. Look at v 13 of our text: “… for twenty-one days the mighty evil spirit who overrules the kingdom of Persia blocked my way.” Verse 13 continues, “Then Michael, one of the top officers of the heavenly army, came to help me, so that I was able to break through these spirit rulers of Persia.”

Sometimes, believers have been upset because they have taken a promise for themselves that God never made to them. We decide this is what WE want, believing God will do it, but we never really ask Him, Lord, is that Your plan for me in this situation?

No matter the cause of delay, we must pray for the manifestation of our prayers and wait for it’s fulfillment like Simeon in Luke 2:25-32, “And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Simeon had been given a promise by God and he was holding onto it. He may have been young when he received the promise and now he was old, yet he had held onto the promise the Holy Ghost gave him.

It’s important that we never give up on the promises of God… if God said it or promised it in His Word, then it will come to pass. May God hear our prayers in Jesus Name.

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