Streams in the Desert - Jul 04

by L. B. E. Cowman and Jim Reimann

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The revelation awaits an appointed time. . . . Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. (Habakkuk 2: 3)

In the captivating booklet Expectation Corner, one of the characters, Adam Slowman, was led into the Lord’s treasure-house. Among the many wonders revealed to him there was the “Delayed Blessing Office,” where God stored the answers to certain prayers until it was wise to send them.

For some who pray expecting an answer, it takes a long time to learn that delays of answers are not denials. In fact, in the “Delayed Blessing Office,” there are deep secrets of love and wisdom that we have never imagined! We tend to want to pick our blessings from the tree while they are still green, yet God wants us to wait until they are fully ripe.

“The Lord longs to be gracious to you. . . . Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isa. 30: 18). The Lord watches over us in all the difficult places, and He will not allow even one trial that is too much for us. He will use His refining fire to burn away our impurities and will then gloriously come to our rescue.

Do not grieve Him by doubting His love. Instead, lift up your eyes and begin praising Him right now for the deliverance that is on its way to you. Then you will be abundantly rewarded for the delay that has tried your faith.

O you of little faith,
God has not failed you yet!
When all looks dark and gloomy,
You do so soon forget—
Forget that He has led you,
And gently cleared your way;
On clouds has poured His sunshine,
And turned your night to day.
And if He’s helped you to this point,
He will not fail you now;
How it must wound His loving heart
To see your anxious brow!
Oh! doubt not any longer,
To Him commit your way,
Whom in the past you trusted,
And is just the same today.


Cowman, L. B. E.; Jim; Reimann, Jim. Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 261). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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