By Lyn Leahz ©2013 | April 3, 2013
Romans 2:6-7 He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life…
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
When we live in a fast-paced, impatient internet and fast food society, it’s oftentimes difficult to even begin to comprehend patience. Those of us who grew up before the internet had the advantage of knowing. But, have we forgotten what it was like to wait?
Pslam 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Sounds easier than it actually is, huh?
How often do you make a decision without consulting God first? Before you dated someone? Married them? Before taking that “job” you wanted? And what about the times you thought to ask God first, yet you did not wait on His answer? We live in the days of Fast Food Christianity! The “I want it now!” attitude. But what if God doesn’t want you to have it now?
A seven-year-old little boy goes to his father and reminds him, “Daddy, you said you would give me anything I asked. Remember that?”
His dad smiles and pats him on the back, “Sure son,” an even bigger smile lights up dad’s face, “well, within reason.” he chuckles.
The little boy looks down at his feet, puts his hands in his pockets, and continues, “Well, I want a car.”
His father bends down and picks up his boy beneath his arms and holds him up above his head, smiling, “Well, son. Dad will get you a car…but it’s not going to be a car like me and your mom drive. It’ll be a Hot Wheels car for now!” he sets him back down.
The little boy points his finger at his dad, sternly announcing, “But dad, you said I could have anything I wanted…”
Again, his father smiles, firmly reminding him, “No, son. I told you to ask anything you want, and if it’s something I can give you, I will give it to you. But you’re not ready to drive a car just yet. You’re going to have to do some growing first.”
This is a good example of our relationship with God. We ask Him for things, but we don’t always get answers. And many times, when we do get answers, we don’t always get them right away. Then there are the times we don’t get what we asked for at all.
Maybe you’re not ready for that thing you are asking Him for. Or, since God knows what’s ahead, maybe something bad will come of this thing we want, and he sees heartache as a result. Even in the death of a loved one, God might somehow be showing mercy. Ten years down the road, would something far more tragic have happened? Would they have suffered worse? Or, would they have grown into an adult, never accepted Christ, and spent eternity in Hell? Only He knows the future, and we are, in all things, to trust Him.
Ever hear the saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?” I think we need a new one! How about, “You didn’t know how good you had it until you had to go and ask for something else”?
Several important lessons to be learned are:
- Learn to ask God before you do anything
- After you ask, keep praying in faith as you WAIT!
- If you don’t know what God’s will is, give Him thanks each day that His will is done…not yours!
- And finally, accept His decision and be happy, even if it’s NOT what you hoped for.
We must always remember that God is sovereign and there are no mistakes. You can rest assured that He is always in the midst of your situation. Don’t approach God with the Fast Food mentality, or you might not get the quality in something you’re desiring. Fast food might taste good, but it’s not good for you! In fact, if you eat fast food regularly, you are bound to develop cancers, heart problems, obesity, diabetes, and a whole slew of bad things! The same is true with Fast Food Christianity! The I want it now attitude is a destructive one and will kill your personal relationship with Christ. It will pull you far away when you are supposed to be near.
So what do you want? Do you want a quality, ‘ful-filling‘ relationship that you can depend upon? One that will benefit you and nourish you spiritually? Or, do you want a “my way or the highway” relationship that you quickly pursue, yet it leaves you upset, dissatisfied and empty in the end?
Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”