We live in a culture that thrives on the instant. We want things to happen right away—from packages arriving in the mail in two days to downloading movies immediately to our phones. “A lot of things that are really valuable take time. But immediate gratification is the default response. It’s difficult to overcome those urges and be patient and wait for things to come over time” (Christopher Muther, “Instant Gratification Is Making Us Perpetually Impatient,” Boston Globe, February 2, 2013, https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2013/02/01/thegrowing-culture-impatience-where-instant-gratification-makes-crave-moreinstant-gratification/q8tWDNGeJB2mm45fQxtTQP/story.html).This desire for the instant influences our spiritual lives also. When we experience trials and hardships, we must patiently enter into the process of seeking God and waiting on him. Just because we do not see immediate results from our prayers and other spiritual disciplines, we must not quit or give up. We need to persevere and walk by faith.
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