Delayed, But Not Denied

If you knew there would be a delay to get to your destiny, would you still have the drive and determination to go after it? 

My daughter and I were reading the story of the love triangle among Jacob and the sisters Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29). There was a mutual attraction between Jacob and Rachel, and he agreed to work for seven years for her father, Laban. Ultimately, Jacob, who’s name means “trickster,” was outwitted by his father-in-law, when he was given the older sister Leah to be his wife. Naturally, he was frustrated with this dent in his plans, but he looked at it as being delayed, but not denied.

The end goal of being with Rachel was enough to have him agree to work for an additional seven years so she could be his wife. Jacob was focused on gaining the prized possession, Rachel, but was diverted when there was a change of plans on Laban’s part.

When someone or something presents itself to frustrate you and throw you off course is your first instinct to give up or to press on? I admire Jacob’s tenacity as he worked towards his plan of marriage to Rachel. In the same way that Laban cunningly arranged Leah’s marriage to Jacob, so too does the enemy throw a spoke in our tire to throw us off course. His intent is to kill, steal and destroy everything we set out to accomplish.

 John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

Just when Jacob and Rachel thought things were okay, Rachel realized she was unable to conceive. The one thing she wanted to do that would bring her and her family great joy seemed to have been snatched away from her. She must have felt as though she was dealt a bad hand as she watched with envy her sister producing children. Rachel was simply delayed, but not denied.

Do you see others living your very dream, birthing the purpose inside of you, while you’re unable to bear fruit? Everyone around you seems to be accomplishing so much, but everything you’ve tried has failed. Have you gotten bitter, frustrated and jealous like Rachel?

Isaiah 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Nothing is wrong with what you’re doing. You’re simply delayed, but definitely not denied.

The journey to get to where God wants you will have its own set of challenges. It will not be easy; there will always be someone better looking, more accomplished or more intellectual than you; but God wants you to know that at the right time, He will make ‘it’ happen.

Isaiah 60:22

At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.

At the right time, God will enable you to birth your dreams and live out your passion! Do not grow weary in the waiting room.

Further on in Genesis 30, we see how Rachel got frustrated with the waiting period and took matters into her own hands by giving her servant to Jacob to conceive on her behalf. Yet, God in His goodness, “remembered Rachel’s plight and enabled her to have children” (Genesis 30:22).

God has not forgotten about you, and though He will take you on a journey, you would have otherwise avoided, trust that His hands are in control of all that is taking place.


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