Posted by: the watchmen | December 9, 2007

CH Spurgeon_____December 9.

December 9-Morning {Daily Reading: #1Ti 1:1-6:21} {Quick Study: #2Ti 1:1-4:22}

“Therefore will the Lord wait that he may be gracious unto you.”

{#Isa 30:18}

God often DELAYS IN ANSWERING PRAYER. We have several

instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the

blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day—he had to

wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was

answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord

thrice that “the thorn in the flesh” might be taken from

him, and he received no assurance that it should be taken away,

but instead thereof a promise that God’s grace should be

sufficient for him. If thou hast been knocking at the gate of

mercy, and hast received no answer, shall I tell thee why the

mighty Maker hath not opened the door and let thee in? Our

Father has reasons peculiar to himself for thus keeping us

waiting. Sometimes it is to show his power and his sovereignty,

that men may know that Jehovah has a right to give or to

withhold. More frequently the delay is for our profit. Thou art

perhaps kept waiting in order that thy desires may be more

fervent. God knows that delay will quicken and increase desire,

and that if he keeps thee waiting thou wilt see thy necessity

more clearly, and wilt seek more earnestly; and that thou wilt

prize the mercy all the more for its long tarrying. There may

also be something wrong in thee which has need to be removed,

before the joy of the Lord is given. Perhaps thy views of the

Gospel plan are confused, or thou mayest be placing some little

reliance on thyself, instead of trusting simply and entirely to

the Lord Jesus. Or, God makes thee tarry awhile that he may the

more fully display the riches of his grace to thee at last. Thy

prayers are all filed in heaven, and if not immediately answered

they are certainly not forgotten, but in a little while shall be

fulfilled to thy delight and satisfaction. Let not despair make

thee silent, but continue instant in earnest supplication.

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