This topic has been a recurring theme in conversations today. In neither of these conversations did we use the term “delayed revelation”. The presence of this principle was obvious.
The first conversation that brought this to mind was some commenting back and forth with another blogger. The topic was how God develops character and perseverance through difficulty. The revelation of what God is doing unfolds as you go through the hardship. You fully understand His revelation as you look back at what He has done.
The second conversation took place as a friend and I were discussing a similar thing. This conversation was more specific to why God led me to plant a church in the part of Oconee County that He did. I did not fully understand it then. I do not fully understand it now, but I do have a better glimpse. This guy is from this area and knows the spiritual needs better than I do. A few weeks ago, another friend was talking about the expansion of this particular part of the county. As I sat at lunch, the pieces starting coming together. God was saying to me, “Matthew, I told you to go there. I didn’t reveal the why, but I wanted you to act in faith. When you would act in faith, I would eventually reveal My plan.” The light bulb was on while I was maintaining my composure.
God often delays revealing His reasoning for things. He does not explain things to you until later. Many times, we cannot understand nor fully grasp the reason while it is happening. He has to reveal it in segments. Don’t begrudge God for that! He knows what He is doing!