“[As for me] I am poor and needy, yet the Lord takes thought and plans for me.
You are my Help and my Deliverer, O my God, do not tarry!”
Is the Lord ever late?
As I think on this question there are things I am trusting Him for. Some of those things
are things that need to happen in the next few days and the next month. Some of the other things
have passed the timeline I made for them.
Is the Lord ever late?
As I continued to meditate on Psalm 40:17 Jairus came to mind.
His daughter was really sick and if nothing was done she would die. He decided to go to Jesus for help.
If there was anyone who could help He could. (Mark 5:22)
Everything seemed to be going well. Jesus had agreed to go to see his daughter but on the way,
some of his friends met him and told him not to worry the Teacher any longer. His daughter
didn’t make it. She had died.
Jesus was late?
But when all seemed lost, when it seemed like Jesus was late something incredible happened.
“Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not
be seized and struck with fear; only keep believing.”
Jesus continued on to Jairus’s house and brought his daughter back to life!!
When it seemed like He was late, He really wasn’t.
Help us, Lord, to wait on You when all seems lost, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense!
The last story that came to mind was of Lazarus and his sisters. (John 11)
He was very sick and on the brink of death so his sisters sent for Jesus.
He loved this family very much. (John 11:5)
So you would think Jesus would go immediately but He didn’t.
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He
held them in loving esteem.]
Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same
place where He was.”
John 11:5, 6
By the time He got to Lazarus, He found out he had been dead for four days! I think it’s almost definite
that the sisters thought Jesus was late, extremely late! I can imagine them seeing their brother getting worse
and worse and feeling so powerless. Where is He? Why is He late?
That’s what I think they were asking themselves. And eventually, their brother died.
What emotions were they going through?
I can identify with that because there have been things in my life I have been trusting God for that haven’t
come to pass yet and it’s been years, like over fifteen years of waiting on the Lord. Earlier in my walk with
Him I thought He didn’t care. I thought He enjoyed seeing me suffer. I thought He enjoyed getting my
hopes up only to crush them but I was so wrong. As I have grown in my walk with Him I have begun to
understand that the Lord is never late! His word shows us this truth so powerfully. There are so many stories
of Him coming through for His children at just the right time. Their idea of early might have been
wrong but God always came through at the right time.
What are you waiting on Him for, today?
As we ask the Lord to not tarry may we understand that He is never late. He comes through
at the right time. It may not be when we expect it but it’s at the right time.
He knows what you need. He has heard your prayers. He will not ignore you and He does not delight in
getting your hopes up. He wants to give you what you are trusting Him for.
Don’t lose heart and give up. The Lord will not tarry.
He loves you!