Lesson Focus: Instant Vs. Delayed Gratification
1.Read: Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. (Ps 27:14, NLT)
2.Studying Psalm 27:14
Some live only for now. If it makes them happy today, fills a void now, satisfies now, brings joy, peace, or helps them feel good now, they are not concerned about tomorrow nor any consequences that come with choosing instant over delayed gratification. In a world where so much comes quickly it’s difficult to reject instant. David’s counsel to wait on the Lord may seem ancient and out of touch: okay for his time but not ours. Who would wait when they can have what they want, right now? But God promises those who wait on him will not be disappointed.
When we choose to wait on the Lord we are choosing more than accepting the possibility of delayed gratification, we are choosing a path that’s lined with trusting God and his promises to fulfill all our needs in his time, his way. We are not ignoring or pretending that waiting does not have its difficulties, temptations, and challenges or saying we’d rather have delayed gratification. We are not overlooking the truth that rejecting the instant often requires courage, bravery, and patience but we are choosing to share believe God’s vision of greater and better is not only real but and perfect for us.
3.Meditating on Psalm 27:14
As you meditate on Psalm 27:14 what part of it is especially helpful, comforting or encouraging?
4.Praying Psalm 27:14
God, waiting is never easy. It’s so tempting to take the path of instant gratification over delayed, especially when so many are choosing instant and the pressures to go that route are great. Thank you, that, when you see our strength is waning you come and strengthen our heart. Amen