Instant gratification is the need to experience fulfillment without any sort of delay or wait. With the abundance of instant gratification, younger generations became accustomed to immediate feedback; the erosion of their patience have led to overwhelming challenges. There is no way around slow, sometimes excruciating periods of growth. It is difficult to recognize that people don’t need immediate satisfaction to feel happy. It is important to remember how beneficial patience can be, because the best things in life; especially the materialization of our blessings; are more than a click away. – Psalm 25: 5 ” Lead me in your truth, and teach me: for you are the God of my Salvation; on you do I wait all the day. “
The hebrew word for wait is ” qavah “; it means to hope, for something, or someone; to expect, to wait for eargely. Interestingly, it means also to wrap something, to twist something. – Isaiah 64: 4 ” For from days of old no one has heard, nor has ear perceived, nor has the eye seen a God besides you, who works and acts in behalf of the one who, gladly waits for Him. ” The sense is not that God alone knows that He has prepared, but that no man knows ( sight and hearing being used as including all forms of spiritual apprehension ), any God who does such great things as he does. Saint Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2: 9 – Applies the words freely, after his manner, to the eternal blessings which God prepares for His people.
However, the power of joy is the key to break the culture of impatience. We find joy in happy experiences in our relatioships with our loved ones. But joy is deeper thing than just the result of happy circumstances. Joy is that by-product of serving others of sharing good. It may be the sense of a job well and honestly done. But joy is more even than this. It is not a result of anything – It is a cause. It can happen to us, but we can also make it happen and make other things happen because of it. Joy is a spiritual principle that we can lay hold of and use. It is a principle that we can use all the time, whether our conditions are as favorable as we would like them to be or not. Joy is a good influence in any situation, and there are many ways we can express joy. We must realize that God is the source of joy. We depend on the source which cannot change and from which all good flows – We must poised and centered in the Christ mind to use the power of joy. We can speak the Word, and do that which is needed to brings forth joy.