Instant gratification is your enemy not your friend. It promises much but delivers little.
In this week’s devo I talk about our culture’s desire for instant gratification and how that mentality is harmful when applied to our spiritual lives. The reality is that a desire for instant gratification actually causes us to grow slower spiritually. The best example of this is seen in Abraham and Sarah and their first child, Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah got tired of waiting for the Lord to fulfill his promise so they decided to make something happen on their own, which has caused long term problems for Israel that persist to this day. Psalm 40 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.” Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit, it is one of the things that God desires to see in us, and it is what will help create the Christlike character that we need (Rom 5:4). For anyone that desires closeness with God, instant gratification is your enemy not your friend; it promises much but delivers little.