“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.” 1 Peter [1:10]-11
Waiting is the worst! Especially in the fast-paced world in which we live. It seems as though people are constantly trying to find ways to avoid waiting. We use real-time traffic updated GPS’s to avoid traffic. We have groceries delivered to our house to avoid the traffic and delays at the grocery story. We are driven by instant gratification and when we don’t get what we want, when we want it, we get angry and frustrated.
We need to be reminded that waiting, and delayed gratification, are at the very heart of God. The prophets of the Old Testament were told about the salvation that would come through the Messiah—so they waited. Ultimately, the promise of salvation was fulfilled in Jesus.
Today, we have the amazing opportunity to experience salvation through faith in Jesus! But this salvation is not yet fully realized because we have to wait for Jesus’s ultimate return.
Why is waiting and delayed gratification at the very heart of God? For in waiting we learn to trust God, to grow in faith, and we’re given the opportunity to praise.
In this season of your life do not be guilty of chasing after instant gratification. Instead grow in faith and trust through praising God for the salvation you have and the glories that are yet to come.
Lord, waiting is so difficult. Please forgive me for being impatient with your timing. Help me to live a life of praise while I wait for your return. Amen.
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