We’re not just a ‘must have’ generation but we also expect instant gratification. I appreciate instant photos on my digital camera, but I also remember the astonishment that hit our world when the first Polaroid camera was launched! I remember watching in awe as a blank square popped out of the camera and then the picture developed before our eyes. Compared to the 21st century how slow that seems! Recently I was startled to read, “Lust simply means, ‘I must have this at once’” [Oswald Chambers, italics mine] I was reminded that the apostle John wrote, “ For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.” [1 John 2:16] We’re used to connecting ‘lust’ with the world and the flesh – but how about the ‘must haves’ and the ‘instant’? Do I allow myself to be seduced; do you?
As you go about your daily life this week I challenge you to spot the temptations that are being thrown in your pathway; they are bound to be oh-so-subtle, for you are Yahweh’s child. Recognise, smile, and resist, and then settle your heart to wait for the One Who ‘…makes everything beautiful in His time.’
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you…a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.
1 John 2:15-16 NLT