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“Delay Is Not Denial”
     “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:2-4

Grace and peace to all of the precious saints of O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly and beyond. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share what I hope to be a word of encouragement to my spiritual family. I was meditating on the fact that our annual conference called the Visions Conference: The Vision of the Bridegroom, has been postponed to August 15- 16th and concluding on the 18th . The Lord reminded me that “delay is not denial.” The more I thought about this truth, the more spiritual detail made itself evident to me.

I began to realize two important details. First, our God is absolute sovereign. He therefore does not operate at our convenience or according to our plans and wishes. Rather, He keeps His own counsel and His own schedule. I love the way Paul put it in Ephesians 1:11, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” He knows all things, the end from the beginning and consequently, He plans things so far in advance as to be beyond our best comprehension.

The second detail is that we as human beings are greatly in need of patience. We can become so anxious because things don’t happen according to our desire, in our accordance with our schedule. It is here that we learn a very valuable lesson. Our faith is expressed in our patience and willingness to wait upon the Lord. David said, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalms 27:13,14). The writer of the Book of Hebrews put it this way, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” (Hebrews 10:36, 37). We need patience in order to obtain the vision. In closing the Hebrew writer seems reminded of the words of the Prophet Habakkuk, “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:2-4). The Prophet unveils God’s vision to us. It is written and made plain. But the fulfillment has yet to come to pass. But just because it hasn’t happened yet, don’t think that it won’t happen. It’s coming. Delayed doesn’t mean denial. But one more super important thing. Habakkuk said that the vision is of an “it”, an event. What the writer of Hebrews reveals is that the vision is not of event, it is not an “it” but the vision is of Jesus Himself. “He that shall come, will come and will not tarry.” This is the Vision of the Bridegroom. His delay is not denial.
 
Maranatha,
Bishop Wells, Sr., D.D.