A Crossflix Devotional article.
Why Wait? When the World Gives Mostly Everything in an Instant Now.
In today’s day and age, there’s instant noodles, instant popcorn, instant messages. What else? We have mostly everything within our reach.
Our patience need not be tested whenever we order something from fast food chains. That is the beauty of modern-day living. We do not have to wait days, months, and years to acquire mostly anything we want. Even in relationships! Imagine a world where having a boyfriend or a girlfriend is as easy as 1-2-3!
In this case, love is also blatantly compared with a point, click, or a touch of our fingertips, and voila… we have love right in front of our eyes! Magic?
Well, not really. Sad to say, but this culture of getting things in an instant creates a lack of patience in ourselves. We often turn to our phones to get the validation we want. A simple like can make our hearts skip a beat. The same goes with a share, comment, or heart on our profile photos on Facebook.
We check our phones from time to time just to see if our friends have checked out our latest photos. And then immediately get sad whenever we do not feel smothered with those forms of flattery right off the bat.
Sadly this is the reality nowadays. Technology has influenced us in countless ways that we become so depressed because of the culture of impatience.
What does God say about patience, by the way?
“Whoever is patient has a great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly” (Proverbs 14:29).
True enough, God advocates for patience all throughout the verses in the Bible. The Book of Proverbs has a lot of indications on this virtue that whatever the world may impose on patience, this timeless principle remains the same since the time of Adam and Eve and our other forefathers.
Patience is a virtue we cannot dismiss out of our lives. God did not promote patience just because He wanted us to suffer. Just think about Abraham and Sarah who did not have an offspring until they were so old that they seemed like grandparents already.
What about Jesus who started His ministry at the age of 30? The other characters from the Bible are older when they got acquainted with their missions in life. Noah, Moses, and the others started their ministry at certain ages – not as young as the others.
Hence, when we come to think of it, yes, there may be times when we may feel like we have been left out because of our age. We might get sad thinking about the time we have been waiting for a miracle to happen. Or feel neglected when we feel that God had been deaf with our prayers. Are you praying for that healing? Praying for that broken relationship and for that certain financial provision?
God makes us wait for reasons unfathomable by human intelligence. We are waiting because of a greater purpose. That purpose may still be unknown right now, but it will surely be worth the wait if we just keep on trusting Him with all our heart, mind, and soul.
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