The ability to wait on God and the attitude while waiting on God are one of the greatest challenges a believer can be faced with.
Somehow as a child I got the idea—probably from Sunday school and my yellow book of Bible stories that the Bible was God’s promise book. Not ordinary promises mind you, but 100-percent-guaranteed lifetime-warranty, you-must-be-completely-satisfied-or-your money-back, over-night delivery promises. [laughs out loud]
And so, as a young girl, I prayed for a phone for Christmas and didn’t get it. Right through junior school, my prayer wasn’t answered. I prayed my face would clear up. It didn’t clear up even till University. And, today, I still have acne! What happened to those “ask and ye shall receive” and “you will be given more than you can think or imagine” promise verses? And what about those TV evangelists who tell us to “name it and claim it”?
Perhaps the problem is not with God’s promises, but that God doesn’t deliver by FedEx overnight or guaranteed next-day delivery or Gokada and O’Pay – brands that run on wheels but sometimes could be stuck in Lagos traffic. I’ve found that: God never comes a minute early or a second late. His timing is just perfect.
“Slowly, steadily, surely the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled”.
Sometimes God does answer faster than email on high speed cable.
Remember in Matthew 8 a man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed”. In verse 13, Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour, just like that! I can go on and on to get a lot of scriptures to buttress this. Permit me to also add: He comes late when He wants to come big.
Moving on to the phenomenal gospel artiste, Sinach, whose testimony broke the internet recently. Sinach who has been a huge blessing to many across the world with over 1 million subscribers on her YouTube Channel, the only female gospel artiste from Nigeria and Africa at large to hit that landmark is worth celebrating. Sinach got married at the age of 41 and waited 5 whole years before her first issue came. Now the question is in her time of waiting, or do I use the word ‘expectancy’, what transpired in between? I may not be certain but from her public calendar, she kept travelling, ministering and blessing others with her gift. She must have ignored the pressure from society, family, in-laws. peers or probably fellow ministers? This may not be regular pressure that African families put on women but the pressure that comes from fellow believers looking to God’s servants, generals and faith leaders to manifest the promises they often sing or talk about.
Also, consider that as a woman, there are biological challenges with childbearing after a particular age due to the dreaded word, ‘menopause’. Why would God allow a lady who is a vital instrument in His hands wait that long? Why would He deprive her of a child even after His promises? Does it mean God is partial or doesn’t keep to His words?
These are many more are the kind of questions that fill our hearts even as believers when we tarry before Him over a challenge. Rather than asking these kinds of questions, we should ask, what lessons we are supposed to learn or what God intends to bring out from our pain and moments of trial.
Who would have thought God would eventually answer her this way? Making science and research look stupid, breaking protocols and shutting the devil up. Truly, there is a purpose for every pain.
Sinach is a glaring testimony for the world to see that God doesn’t owe. He doesn’t lie neither does He fail.
Are you trusting Him for healing? Remember, He has the spare parts of the human body and gives out free of charge. He can undo, and redo what He has done. He pays.
Sinach is a womb portal of manifestations of God’s grace that when God shows up, He shows up big. When He opens a door, He opens it wide. God doesn’t come late; He only comes later to make you the latest recipient of His glory.
God has never been late; He won’t start with you!