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When God says, "Not Yet."

In Genesis 16:1-2, Sarah could not have any children with Abraham so she had Abraham to sleep with her handmaid, Hagar. Hagar then birthed a son named Ishmael. Later in Genesis 17:16, we see God speak to Abraham that Sarah would have a son and name him Isaac even though she was 90-years-old. Have you ever felt like God is taking too long to answer your prayers? So, you decide to take matters into your own hands to make what you prayed for come to pass.


Here Are 3 Reasons Why God May Be Telling You "Not Yet"


  1. Comparison. You're falling into the trap of comparison. Comparison is a thief of joy. Be grateful for what God has already given you. You may see others in their reaping season right now, but you have no idea what they had to sow or sacrifice to reap their harvest. Understand that God has a reason for why he hasn't given you what you've been praying for "yet".

  2. Stewardship. You're not being a good steward over what God has already given you. Remember Adam's instruction from God was to tend the garden of Eden and keep it up before God gave him his helpmate, Eve. Has God already given you a set of instructions to follow, but you have yet to obey them?

  3. You're out of position. When the mail runs you expect to receive it at your address. However, if you move from the address listed and no one knows where you are located, your mail get's returned to its sender. Could it be that God is on the brink of answering your prayers, but because you moved out of position you end up missing what God has in store for you.

God's "not yet" does not mean "no", especially if your desire is in his will. God's "not yet" is protection from the unseen. If God gave you what you wanted right now, would you really be prepared to receive it?


For those of you who are in a waiting season right now, you may feel that God has forgotten about you, especially when you see others getting first what you've been praying for days, weeks, months, and even years. God knows exactly what you need and when you need it.


Don't let time make you doubt the promise God told you would come to pass.


2nd Peter 3:8-9 NIV "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."


Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT" There is a timing for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."


Jeremiah 29:11 NIV "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.




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