Although the focus has intently been on Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos and his net worth, my 10 -year membership with Amazon Prime is all about satisfying my desire for instant gratification. Yes, I am a product of a Capitalistic environment, and the fact that I can get what I want in 1-2 days delivered at my front door brings joy to my heart, and a smile to my face. With me, there is no generational conflict against the Millennials who virtually shop, Instacart delivers my groceries order from my favorite local supermarket in two hours. It is not the pandemic, my disability, or the lack of a vehicle that forced me to modify my shopping habits. I enjoy receiving what I want on time without any hassle. And why not?
Yes, why not?
The downside of knowing precisely what you will receive and when you will receive it is that our desires facilitate an inner controversy of our will versus God’s will. Our habits reflect our character! There is no middle ground, either we obey or disobey God’s plans for our lives. Serving God is a daily commitment where we must empty ourselves by praying, “Not my will, but your will be done.” Many are suffering from turmoil because they are double-minded. We cannot pray and ask God to resolve our challenges or provide our needs if we try to take control.
Think about your current or previous trial or tribulation: Did you attempt to help God resolve your challenge? Back to the habit of loving instant gratification, it places us in opposition with Jesus’ command to, Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14. Our desires will always be in direct conflict with the plans or outcomes that God has for us. The pursuit of resolving our problems usually develop the “fast and easy,” which eliminates faith, trust, and obedience to God. After all, who enjoys traveling down the path of suffering?
But that is the way you and I think. God says that we must suffer and enjoy the trials and sorrows:
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT
Those of us who do not like waiting: A double minded man (or woman) is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 KJV.
James 1:5-8, New Living Translation states:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
How long have you been waiting for God to resolve your situation?
My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my plans than your plans. Isaiah 55:8-9 CEB
Instant gratification versus waiting on God is a daily struggle. We must die daily to our selfish desires and disobedient hearts. How long have you been waiting? Take the time to build your faith and trust in God during the waiting period, and pray, pray, pray!
Bible Study: James 1
God, we desperately need you. Because of our desires to end our suffering, and take the quickest way out, we are in turmoil. We ask forgiveness for pursuing our own desires. Please give us the strength to endure as we learn to wait, and to faithfully trust and obey your plans for our lives. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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