Delayed Gratification: A Culture of the here and now

It’s crazy how impatient I can be; with myself, with others, with God. How can you blame me though? Food is fast, videos stream instantly and the instantness (my word ) of media like instagram allows us to share and peek into the lives of our friends in real life time. No wonder we expect God to work this way.

If there is one thing that God has been teaching me from the day I surrendered my life to Him until now is patience. You would think that by now I would be fully convinced that God does not work on my time. I have realized though, that my issue is not that I do not believe that God will provide, I just dislike the idea of waiting for it.

But it is during this waiting period that my faith and trust in God is strengthened. It is during this time of “in-betweenesss” that God wants us to give all our cares and anxieties to Him and rest in his love and faithfulness.

Resting when there are financial and other needs to be met seems absurd! But waiting on God is not synonymous with being lazy or inactive, it is when we are truly called to trust Him.

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If we are in a season of waiting, we are in good company:

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, yet it was not until he was 100 and Sarah was 90 that they bore a son. “For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.” Heb 6:13-15

Job was wealthy and God took away everything from him; even his children. Although Job was distraught, he never cursed God. He knew that God had a plan for his life and he was willing to patiently wait for God to restore him. “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10

There are lots more accounts in the Bible of people trusting God in faith, with endurance. Our culture of the here and now does not readily embrace the idea of waiting, but as believers we know that this “waiting period” is almost inevitable. Perhaps if God gave me everything I wanted on my own time I would not be as thankful for his blessings and my faith in him would not be strengthened as I wait.

In the hindsight perspective of the circumstance of my life, I am thankful God does not work on my time. Waiting is not very popular in our culture, but then the God of the universe does need to operate within the confines of our society!

Even now we continue to wait for the return of Jesus as He brings full restoration to the Kingdom of God. And I can hardly wait.

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