We live in a microwave world. We want instant pleasure, instant food, instant feedback. We want an instant fix to our problems not matter how they came to us or how big they are.
God absolutely performs miracles, and some of them are instant.
But many of them are not.
How about the miracle of family members who once couldn’t be in the same time zone together without going at it now spending time together over Christmas? What about the addict who no one thought could beat his addiction but now stands tall to witness for his Savior? Or a defiant child who repeatedly disobeyed her parents but now leads a Bible study on her college campus?
None of those miracles happened instantly. Sometimes miracles take a whole lot of effort. They take what seems like endless prayer. And often they take time – way more time than suits us because, yep – we want it fixed and we want it fixed NOW.
If you could shoot up a prayer and you received an instant miracle every time your words left your lips, why would you need faith? You wouldn’t. God isn’t in the business of granting our every wish like a genie coming out of a bottle. He’s in the business of molding, building and stretching our faith through life’s ups and downs.
So in every situation – both good and bad – we need to look at what exactly God is trying to teach us. And something else – we need to be able to give God glory in every situation, both good and bad. And that ain’t always easy, but it is what we are called to do.
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, ‘I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.’ And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” (Hebrews 6:12-15)
Yes, Abraham received what was promised. But #1, Abraham knew God well enough to know what His promises were, and #2, notice the part where Abraham waited patiently…
Patience is a tough word in this world of instant gratification, but it is worth pursuing.
Yes, God performs miracles. Pursue them, believe in them, pray for them – and then, wait patiently for them.
Blessings for a wonderful, safe holiday weekend!
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