July Teaching Series

Personal Reflection Question:

Tacee talked about delaying of blessings and miracles. Why does God delay things in our lives? Is it good or bad?

A word immediately came to my mind when I was reflecting on this question: ENDURE.  I thought about all the delays I’ve experienced in my life.  I thought about all the delays I am experiencing right now in my life and I pondered, “Are these delays good or bad?”  Now, something about my confidence in my walk with Jesus will not allow me to call them bad, but I definitely cannot say that these current delays feel good.  In fact they can feel downright defeating sometimes. Actually, a LOT of times.  

This is where I probably self-identity with the woman in Mark 5 more than I can identify with Jairus.  I identify with her because I also have felt delayed for what seems like a good part of my life.  Delayed in relationships. Delayed in hopes of marriage.  Delayed in my education. Delayed in financial security.  I have felt as if I was surrounded by a crowd more concerned with getting their blessing and squeezing me out, leaving me bleeding on the side of the road.  But, bloody and dirty I get back up time and time again and start to fight my way back into the fray.

Because in that crowd; in the center of it all, is my Savior.

And this is where I will endure.  I cannot call bad what drives me to Christ.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.  This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.  We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. . .  

THAT IS WHY WE NEVER GIVE UP. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4: 7-9, 16-18 NLT