God is not tarrying (Exodus 13:17)
SUMMARY: God is never late, even though it may seem like it. He sometimes guides us on a detour or a longer path to avoid bigger problems. Quality work takes time, and God wants quality Christians. He may solve problems quickly, but He also wants long-term change, which takes time. A bad habit is not undone in an instant, and God wants established Christians. David had to go through a long and difficult process before he became king, during which he learned valuable lessons and established an army. God doesn't like undercooked Christians, and we should strive to be well-rounded and mature.
In this sermon, the speaker discusses how God sometimes puts us through long processes to shape us into mature and established Christians, and to give us a powerful testimony. He uses the example of the Apostle Paul, who had to spend three years cooking in Arabia before he was ready to preach the Gospel. He also talks about how God forced Adam to go through a time of need so that he would recognize that it is God who meets his needs. The speaker also shares his personal experience of searching for a church, and how God closed every door until he found the right path. The speaker encourages listeners to trust in God's plan and to be patient in the waiting process.
The process of finding the right church was hit or miss for the speaker, but God closed doors to lead them to the right place. Sometimes God's plan can be complicated and take time. The speaker prays for peace and guidance for those listening and invites them to pray for guidance in their own lives.
How many have heard the saying that God is always on time, never late? We've all heard this, really. How many people here at some point have thought, is God really always on time and never late? Let's be honest. Has there been a moment in your life that you think, Lord, when? And it seems to stop a lot, a lot of times. We live in a society in which we have everything fast, fast food, fast money, you touch a few buttons and that's it... money is given to you in the money machine. That easy. But God is not an ATM machine. He also doesn't like fast food. Our God is a God that for Him one day is like a thousand years and how many of us know that for us a thousand years is like ten thousand years to wait. So sometimes it seems that we are waiting a long time for him to do something in our life and God is there, it seems that he does not arrive, but God is doing something and he wants us to know that he is never late.
Exodus 13, verse 17 to 18. The people had come out of Egypt and are escaping from their enemies and look what the Lord does at that moment. “...And after Pharaoh let the people go, God did not take them by way of the land of the Philistines, which was near; for God said: So that the people may not repent when they see the war and return to Egypt. But God caused the people to go around the way through the desert of the Red Sea and the children of Israel came up from Egypt armed. God did not lead his people to take the quickest way out. He guided them by the long way. There are times in life that God wants us to know that the long way is the right way.