Delay is not Denial

Genesis 37

“God wants you to stop worrying about how long the breakthrough is taking to manifest, and focus on the fact that His promises don’t expire. Whatever He said shall come to pass, no matter how long it takes. Delay does NOT mean denial!”

Dianna Hobbs

“Great dreams may not necessarily come to pass greatly at a twinkle of an eye. The best dream which survives greatly in reality takes great roots first before it grows in reality to bear great fruits. Delay is not death! Carefully and patiently nurture your dreams and make them happen distinctively in reality

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Almost all of us have experienced delays at some stage in our lives.

I had an experience at my job which I’d like to share with you. I was qualified for a certain promotion at my place of work and expected it would come automatically, but it didn’t. At some point, it looked like it was never going to materialize but I held on to God and had my personal conviction that it was going to happen. Guess what? As God would have it, I did not just get the promotion I expected, I got something better.

Now, what does delay mean?


To wait until later to do something: to make something happen later. : To make (something or someone) late: to make (something or someone) take longer than expected or planned.

It could also mean (someone or something) late or slow, a period by which something is late or postponed. The simple definition of delay as clearly stated is that it is only for a period (waiting time). We must understand that delay is only a temporal thing.

A delay is not denial, but a time of preparing you for the promise. It is very hard when we cannot “see” God in action. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t acting on our behalf.

Has God given you a promise that has yet to be fulfilled? Perhaps, while reading the Bible, a verse lit up. You blinked, having never really noticed before; the words jumped off the page and pierced your heart. Or maybe you received a specific answer to a request while you were praying.

But then nothing happened. In fact, your circumstances turned for the worse. Did you misinterpret God’s intentions? Was it all in your head? Where are the promised blessings? Remember God’s promises to Joseph and how long it took to manifest (Genesis 37-48)

God may not necessarily show you his plans, this doesn’t mean He has left you alone. Hold on and wait (For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”)-Jeremiah 29:11).

There are lessons that we can learn from our times of waiting for God’s interventions:

  • God uses His delays to teach us to submit more thoroughly to His lordship over our lives.

We have the assurance in Habakkuk 2:3 (For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come). This confirms why we must stay steadfast in the Lord and have faith in the one who had created us.


A reporter once asked Mrs. Einstein if she understood the theory of relativity. She replied, “No, but I know Albert and he can be trusted.” As Christians, we may not understand why God makes us wait at times when it seems that we need immediate answers. But we do know the Lord Jesus Christ and He can be trusted.

I have discovered that you can’t win without being patient. Do you know why? Success comes when you value time by using it profitably. It comes over time; Never in any way compare your journey to others, you never know how long the journey has been.

Thank you and God bless you!

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