Going through a difficult time does not mean that you have done something wrong

Have you ever encountered a difficult time and asked yourself ,what have l done wrong? Well the answer may be nothing. Let’s look at a few examples in the bible.

 Luke 1: 5THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

Key word: Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless yet barren.

 The rest of the account can be read in Luke 5: 11- 20

  It is very likely that Zacharias had been praying for such a long time. It very unlikely that he started his prayers when they were already old and stricken in age.

 I think this is a great lesson. The bible gives accounts for different reasons. They did nothing wrong, yet barren for a long time, but God showed up and gave them honour.

 Delay does not mean denial. To show how merciful our God is, He had to shut up Zacharias mouth to bring His word to pass. On top of that, the Lord gave them a great child, John the Baptist.

 Another good example can be found in  John 11

 1Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

 2(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

 3Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

 4When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

 5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

 6When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

The rest of the account can be read in John 11 from verses 7 to 44.

 From this scripture Jesus loved Lazarus. When Jesus first heard of the situation Lazarus was only sick, however by the time Jesus responded Lazarus was dead 4 days in the grave.

 Another interesting account, of a person clearly stated as Loved, went through a difficult time, an appeared delay, but God showed Himself strong.

 My friend, going through a difficult time does not mean we have done anything wrong, neither does a delay mean denial.

 Isaiah 55:8-10 

 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Gods ways are higher than our ways. He is faithful and always will be. Don’t be discouraged. Stop saying, O. l have done that wrong, or its because of this or that. Just rest in His Love for you, and He will come through. 

God is faithful and He will show Himself strong on your behalf.

Bisi Oladipupo

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Posted on July 28, 2010, in Bible, Books, christian, Christian living, Christianity, Church, copyright, Encouragment, faith, Jesus, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a wonderful and encouraging post this is,God is reminding me “That a delay is not a denial” and my favorite scripture Isaiah 55:8~10.What a wonderful blessing this message is to me!!! I truly enjoyed the read. 😀 😀

  2. It was very inspiring to read that delay is not denial. I have gone through more tough times, hoping for better days. They do come, but only for a short while and something goes wrong again. It is words like these that keep me going in dark days

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