HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.” (Genesis 15:12-14).
An assured part of God’s pledged blessing to us is delay and suffering. A delay in Abram’s own life that seemed to put God’s pledge beyond fulfilment was followed by a seemingly unendurable delay of Abram’s descendants. But it was only a delay: they “came out with great substance.” The pledge was redeemed.
God is going to test me with delays, and with the delays will come suffering, but through it, all stands God’s pledge: His new covenant with me in Christ, and His inviolable promise of every lesser blessing that I need. The delay and the suffering are part of the promised blessing; let me praise Him for them today, and let me wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen my heart.