Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. – George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Delays are not refusals; many a prayer is registered, and underneath it the words: “My time is not yet come.” – Anonymous
Promises, though they be for a time seemingly delayed, cannot be finally frustrated…. the heart of God is not turned though His face be hid; and prayers are not flung back, though they be not instantly answered. – Timothy Cruso
Patience allows the divine will and purpose to unfold. When we are prone to premature closure, patience sees the possibility of a new creation. (2 Cor. 5:17)
– Kenneth H. Carter Jr., Pray for Me
Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability — and that it may take a very long time. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Patience with others is Love.
Patience with self is Hope.
Patience with God is Faith.
– Adel Bestavros
He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give before we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition. – George Macdonald
Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Beloved, whatever you are waiting for or believing for, God will not be late. The Lord is the Healer. He is just. He is the dreamer of dreams and He answers prayers…. Don’t give up hope and one day you will see the resurrection you have been waiting for come your way! – Cindy Jacobs
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