TOPIC: DELAYED FOR GOOD
TEXT: Exodus 23:20-33
KEY VERSE: “I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” – (Exodus 23:29,30)
Stories abound of people who missed fatal accidents by a whisker. It is either they arrived a few seconds after a public bus got fully booked or they missed their flight by a few minutes.
In the series of instructions to the children of Israel before their entry into the Promised Land, God told them about a guardian angel – the messenger of God – who at this time was manifested in the pillar of the cloud and fire. The angel was to be obeyed, because His presence in Israel was the authority of God among the people. The lands they were to possess were inhabited by idolatrous people and the children of Israel were told beforehand not to expect instant defeat of the enemies.
The reason such sudden and absolute defeat of the enemy might not be desirable at the initial time was to avoid opening another area of concern – invasion of wild beasts. In life, people who suffer afflictions in one way or the other yearn for total deliverance. Many people have fallen into the sin of murmuring and complaining over the seeming delay of divine intervention in their lives.
Perhaps, these delays are deliberate as God orchestrates such for the ultimate good of His children. Many people turn their back on God as soon as they are delivered from problem of sickness, poverty or other afflictions. The blessing of God must not be abused but accepted with gratitude. Believers must learn to give thanks to God even when it seems their blessings are delayed.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s time is still the best for man.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 24-26
Thank you for your time in reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 24th September 2021 | Delayed For Good, written by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi.