Theme parks are awesome. The lines in the theme parks aren’t. Doctors are great. Waiting for one isn’t. No body likes to wait, especially in this age of the microwave. Instant gratification seems to be the name of the game these days. However, if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that prayers, many times, aren’t answered instantly, and God doesn’t always do things when we want or the way we want, for that matter.
I wonder, how many times have I traded instant gratification for future reward? James says this, ” You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it.” Now granted, most of us aren’t killing anyone to get what we want, but I would venture to say that many of us are inwardly scheming to get what we want.
We want the “A” in class, so we cheat to get it. We want to get the promotion, so we step over everybody and compromise what we believe to get it. We want God to answer our prayers, but instead of waiting for God to answer it, we try and force His hand and make things happen on our own. So, when things happen the way we want them to happen, we get excited and say, “Look what I did!” . When they don’t happen they way we want them to happen, we blame God.
Of course, Abraham is a great example of this. He and Sarah wanted a child, so instead of waiting for the promise of God to be fulfilled, they traded their future for their immediate happiness. He got another girl pregnant, and in the end, it only brought them great pain.
Isn’t that what usually happens, though? The things we want now, if we force it to happen, usually come back to haunt us. There is a reason Jesus told the parable of the persistent widow. The widow never gave up asking the judge for justice. Instead of taking matters into her own hand, she trusted that the judge would take care of things. Persistent prayer isn’t easy. It’s necessary, though. When you can wait and trust that God will answer your prayers, you gain a faith that is not easily shaken. It’s true, that those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Jesus, teach us how to wait on you.