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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