Isn’t this the blight of our generation? So much has been invested in creating products and devices that give us what we want…right now. We’ve begun to think that all of life works this way. So, we become powerfully and easily discontented with inconvenience, waiting, investing time, imperfection. It has a disastrous effect upon our spirituality and our view of others.
God has stuck with us for the long haul, patiently wooing us, watching us fail and regain our footing…but we have very little inclination to invest in such a way in others.
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Heb. 10:36
Yes. We have need of patience. On so many levels.
“…it doesn’t plan a future”
This comfort-seeking mindset wants everything right now. It is a credit card mindset. It knows nothing of old fashioned “lay away plans”. My son and I had a discussion about credit and debit cards yesterday, and this idea came up. That having it “right now” has a literal price tag. We talked about interest rates. But it goes much deeper than just having to pay an exorbitant amount of money to borrow money that is not ours. We teach ourselves, with reliance upon credit cards, that we can live in the now, and disregard the future and the responsibility we’ll have to own. Now, I’m not saying credit cards can’t be used responsibly…but I think it’s pretty safe to say that the number of people who pay off their balance every month is pretty scant.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11
Let’s check our plans against His. His are built with an eye toward the future.