The Test of Delay


Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.


Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.


  1. As we wait we will be tempted to take shortcuts or try to _________ our circumstances.


The Story of Abraham and Sarah

Genesis 12:1-4, 15:1-6, 16:1-6, 21:1-5


  1. As we wait we will experience “ups and downs” but we should strive to remain ____________ on God and His goodness.


  • He is our ultimate ________.


  • He is our loving ______________.


  • His timing is always ____________.


Habakkuk 1:1-4 (NIV)

The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received. 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.


Habakkuk 2:1-4 (NIV)

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.4 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.


  1. As we wait we need to remember: What God is __________ in us is more important than the things we are waiting for.


Romans 5:3-5ª (NLT)

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us…


Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.



For Personal Reflection or Group Discussion


  1. Think about a time you took matters in your own hands while waiting on God. What did you learn from that situation?


  1. How can we keep our focus on God rather than our circumstances (especially when we are overwhelmed)?


  1. As you wait in this season for something significant, what do you think God is doing in your soul?