Why God Sometimes Says ‘Not Yet’?
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, 'In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.'" (Hebrews 10:36-37 NIV)
If you're discouraged because of God's delay in answering your prayers, understand the delay is not a denial. Just because the answer or the miracle hasn't come yet doesn't mean God isn't going to answer or that he's forgotten you or that he doesn't care about you. It simply means "not yet"!
Part of becoming spiritually mature is learning the difference between "no" and "not yet," between a denial and a delay. The Bible tells us, "He who is coming will come and will not delay" (Hebrews 10:37 NIV).
God's delay may be a test of your patience. Anybody can be patient once. And, most people can be patient twice. And, a lot of us can be patient three times. So God tests our patience over and over and over.
Why? So he can see how patient you are? No!
He does it so you can see how patient you are - so you'll know what's inside you, and you'll be able to know your level of commitment. God tests you so that you can know he is faithful, even if the answers you seek are delayed.
You may be going through difficult times right now. You may be discouraged because the situation you face seems unmanageable, unreasonable, or unfair.
It may seem unbearable, and inside you're basically saying, "God, I can't take it anymore. I just can't take it anymore!"
But you can.
You can stay with it longer because God is with you. He'll enable you to press on. Remember, you are never a failure until you quit. Resist discouragement, and finish the race God has set before you.
Talk It Over
- If you're discouraged, turn it around by remembering God teaches you patience during delay. Ask him to transform your discouragement into patience.
- What request did you believe God answered with "no" to which he might actually be answering "not yet"? How will you respond?
- What do you think God wants you to do in the delay when he answers "not yet"?