Instant Gratification

What do we want? We have no idea!

When do we want it? Right now!!!

As a whole, the patience of our generation is wearing thin. We can’t stand to sit through commercials, we’re willing to pay extra for next day shipping, we get frustrated when friends are slow to respond to texts, and when God takes His time answering one of our prayers, we throw the adult equivalent of a hissy fit. Most of the time I try to beat around the bush when I say this but: I am so guilty of that last one. I’m pretty sure you are too.

Classic Type A personality that I am, I have a time table for everything. So when God is slow (in my consideration) to answer my prayers, it throws me off big time. I don’t like it. I want what I want, when I want it … and that’s usually right now.

Yet as He so faithfully does, God started to work on that part of me.

And I believe that I will see
The goodness of the Lord while I’m breathing
So I will trust upon Your name
You are my hope and my strength.

– “Light Will Dawn” by Rivers and Robots

When I first started listening to Rivers and Robots, I couldn’t get that particular lyric out of my head for weeks. After humming it constantly, I figured out why—as they often do, R&R pulled these lyrics straight from the Bible:

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! | Psalm 27:13-14

The Living Word was tugging at me to dive deeper.

Waiting is a part of the Christian walk. Even though we hate it, we’ve gotta get used to it. Otherwise, we will always be discontent.

God’s timing is perfect.
Trust it!

We choose what we believe. Read that verse again. It’s full of action: “I believe,” “I shall,” “wait,” “be.” The Psalmist was making a choice.

I urge you dear brother, dear sister,
to choose to believe that
God will work good in your life.

Throw out the concept of “I want it now!”

Slow yourself down.

Let your heart take courage in His promises.
Let your spirit find rest in His provision.

I encourage you to choose to find peace in the fact that He has it under better control than you ever could. Learn how to breathe and let Him work. Throwing off the shackles of your personal time table can be such an enormous relief. It means stressing less. And, let me tell you—I am all about stressing less!

As He continues to grow me, I experience so much relief at leaving life to Him. Take the burden, the weight of a time table off of your shoulders, and put it where it belongs. Place it at His feet. Then do the hard part … leave it there.

Taking things one day at a time, relying on my Father, leaving it all at His feet is difficult, but:

It
is
w o r t h
it!

4 thoughts on “Instant Gratification

    1. Amen! How wonderful it is to TRULY relax in His arms, knowing He’s got it under control!
      Thank you for the encouragement!! ❤

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