In Chapter 11 of “The Fire of Delayed Answers” by Bob Sore, we get a glimpse of his journal entries as he went through a very difficult time in his life.
“I don’t see God’s promises as just offers of blessing, but as expressions of His character and person, expressions of who He is and how He has chosen to relate to man. So to let go of God’s promises is a denial of who He is; it is a rejection of His character and His intentions toward me…He leads through valleys, but always through, never just into.” (pg 162)
If you’re feeling wounded and waiting for healing, Don’t Give Up.
To deny that God is good is to deny that He is going to deliver you from whatever it is coming against you.
Don’t let go of who God is.
He is a “man of his word.”
He will bring you through the valley.
Just remember, you can’t go AROUND the valley. You have to go THROUGH it.
Like Sorge says, He hasn’t brought you to the valley to leave you there. You will come out of it.
The delays in deliverance are for our good. To ready the soil of our hearts for whatever it is God is planting.
“It’s God’s will to heal you, to provide your financial needs, and to answer all your prayers that are according to His will, but sometimes He delays the answer in order to work a greater surrender in our hearts.” (pg 172)
God is more concerned with YOU than with situations. He wants to mature YOU, not simply do another miracle.
One thing I really like about this book is how Sorge explains that Jesus didn’t seem to get excited about performing miracles. He just did them and went on about His Father’s business.
God can do ANYTHING.
He performs miracles all the time… and He will do so for you too.
Delaying answers isn’t to punish you or because He isn’t capable to doing more, it’s because He is God and He sees the bigger picture.
The Valley won’t last forever.
You will get through this.
“He hasn’t wounded me to leave me wounded.” (pg 162)
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