Son Light Bible Church

2503 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, Pa

Greetings Friends of Son Light Delays. They are everywhere. For the last three months getting home from work was easy with very little traffic. But now traffic has increased and once again I sit and wait to get onto route 30. I place on order on Amazon expecting it in two days only to be informed that the shipping has been delayed. (But I need that 25-in-1 juicer right now!) Even this weekly email was delayed.
 It's easy to joke about an Amazon order but it’s much more difficult when we think God is delaying an answer to prayer. It reminds me of the quip I heard, “Lord give me patience but I want it right now!” We start to think that God doesn’t care or maybe is punishing us for some reason. Actually, just the opposite is true. He cares very deeply about you and your difficult situation. He is not delaying to harm you but to benefit you and for His glory. 2 Peter 3:9 explains God’s timing: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” While this verse speaks specifically about God’s waiting for all to reach repentance, it emphasizes that God’s timing is not always our timing. When He is “slow” to answer it is an opportunity for us to grow: in patience, in perseverance, in faith. If you are waiting for God to answer a personal prayer or a world-wide prayer and think that He is distant and not paying attention remember that He sees the entire situation, today and into our future. He is acting in perfect timing. He is Sovereign and Good. He is answering in ways that we are unaware. He is working out all things for His glory. So keep praying, keep trusting for God has always been faithful in the past and will continue to remain faithful. While not all things happen in our timing, they always happen in God’s timing. God’s answer, and my juicer, are both on the way. Michael Nolt, Pastor