Devotion

Delays of Love

by Greg Laurie on Sep 6, 2016
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

Have you ever been going through a hard time and wondered where God was? I can tell you where He was: He was right there with you. Not only that, He will be with you tomorrow and the day after. And He will be with you on the day you leave this earth for Heaven.

In Isaiah 43 God says, "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior" (verses 2–3).

The psalmist David wrote, "Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me" (Psalm 23:4). He is with you. He will be with you. You don’t have to fear evil. God will be with you on your good days and on your bad days. He will be with you at the death of a saint and at the birth of a baby.

You don’t have to be afraid. Jesus said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Also, the Bible tells us, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

Sometimes when we pray, it may seem as though God is late in answering. Sometimes when God comes through for us, it is later than we expected. God is never late. His delays are delays of love. God’s silence even can be a silence of love. He wants us to pour our hearts out to Him. He will enter into that pain with us. He will answer in the way He chooses. Call on Him.

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