Delayed gratification – a fancy word for waiting until it happens. Why is it that we are so impatient? Why are we so hurried? What exactly does waiting accomplish in us?
It confronts us. It reminds us on a very deep level that we are actually not in charge of anything! That God is in charge of everything. As soon as people or circumstances require us to wait, to stop, to pause, we are faced with the very real spiritual reality that we are not in the centre of the universe. It says loud and clear: “You are not the author of your life.” To wait for something brings about endurance: of patience, of faith, of character.
The 2nd chapter of Romans (verses 6 to 7), has a very clear message of why and how we ought to wait and the reward for those who wait:
“6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a] 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;” NKJV
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:25 NKJV
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20 NKJV
“so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” Hebrews 9:28 NKJV
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” James 5:7 NKJV
I like what Dr. Paul Tripp notes about waiting: “Waiting, by biblical definition is active. It is not just sitting around waiting for good things to come. His plan is as perfect as it could be. I am actively doing His kingdom work. Because I have to wait does not indict the goodness of God, it does not mean the kingdom does not exist. It is the plan.”*
Learn the precious value of slowing down and waiting.
- Dr Paul Tripp – Sermon Audio (Eavesdropping on eternity), 09-03-2011 Sermon Audio