In­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion

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2 Peter 3: 8-9 “But, beloved, do not for­get this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thou­sand years and a thou­sand years as one day. The Lord is not sack con­cern­ing His prom­ise, as some count slack­ness, but is long­suf­fer­ing to­ward us, not will­ing that any should per­ish but that all should come to re­pen­tance.”

Have you no­ticed that we now live in a cul­ture where ev­ery­thing is in­stant; from in­stant cof­fee, cup in a soup, to gas sta­tions and fast food joints that are scat­tered ev­ery­where for con­ve­nience. In some coun­tries the lo­cal con­ve­nience shops that are found ev­ery­where are called “on the go” or “on the run”. This is syn­ony­mous with our cul­ture where ev­ery­thing must hap­pen very quickly.

I was watch­ing tele­vi­sion the other day, some­thing I don’t do as reg­u­larly as I used to years ago. Nev­er­the­less as I played around with the re­mote con­trol, I was shocked at the num­ber of fea­tures it now has; you can lit­er­ally do any­thing us­ing the re­mote con­trol. You can or­der a movie, rewind a pro­gram, play it in slow mo­tion, set a time to record a show and get a re­minder when your favourite pro­gram is about to start as you are watch­ing some­thing else and even auto tune the chan­nel to change when your pro­gram starts.

Ev­ery­thing is now at the tip of your hands. In the old days if you wanted to send a pho­to­graph to some­one you needed to go to the post of­fice to send it as a reg­is­tered let­ter. Now it’s in­stant, you just need to click send on your phone and wait for the other party to re­ceive and down­load it in a mat­ter of sec­onds and at the click of a but­ton.

For chil­dren who were born in the last ten years, ev­ery­thing has lit­er­ally been at their fin­ger­tips, they know no other life other than the one where ev­ery­thing is avail­able on de­mand. For the older folk they can still re­late to how slow things used to be and how they have evolved with such a fe­ro­cious speed.

I guess this cul­ture has strained and some­what al­tered our sense of how God should re­late with us. We be­lieve that when we call He should an­swer and when He does it should be within the con­fines of ev­ery­thing else we know, with very lit­tle wait­ing time or none at all.

This sense of “I want it now” has been the cause of some of the dis­ap­point­ments we face. Whereas God in His wis­dom does not quite op­er­ate like that, there are in­stances where He will in­dulge us and re­spond in­stantly to our prayers. There­fore we then tend to get dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated when things don’t work out that way all the time.

We try to re­late to God more or less like we re­late with the world. God is God, He is not a re­mote con­trol or a fast food joint at the cor­ner, you need to ap­proach His throne with ref­er­ence. It is writ­ten that He knew you be­fore you were born, He fore­saw what your life would be and He de­clared it good.

The truth is that for each of us He has de­creed a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence de­pend­ing on His will for us. He is lit­er­ally a writer who has scripted out a man­u­script de­tail­ing when the main char­ac­ter emerges, how he emerges, when he emerges, when he falls and like all great movies, when the hero rides off into the sun­set vic­to­ri­ously.

God an­swers prayers as per His will and in His time, when He deems it fit and proper and when the stars are aligned with what He has de­cided for you. Do not there­fore be dis­cour­aged if you have been pray­ing and noth­ing has been hap­pen­ing or if He seems to be dis­tant or to­tally non-ex­is­tent. As you en­dure what ever you may be go­ing through, know that He knows what’s best for you. He will ul­ti­mately an­swer your prayers at the right mo­ment when He feels the time is right and His glory will be re­vealed.

I have noted over time that it’s of­ten bro­ken in­di­vid­u­als who find God. When we are firmly in the driv­ing seat, star­ring in our own movie, we tend to not need God, He be­comes more of a dis­trac­tion.

He is not the God of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, He is the God of wis­dom, and in His wis­dom your prayers will be an­swered. It’s just a mat­ter of time, pa­tiently wait with long suf­fer­ing and with a stead­fast heart, your an­swers will come. Be blessed

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