In today’s culture, waiting is outdated. You can pay the amusement parks to let you skip lines with a fast pass, you can pay for a device that lets you skip commercials on TV and get back to your show, you can communicate with friends in a matter of seconds rather than waiting a day for you to get a letter to them (or at most, about a week, maybe a week and a half). Instead of getting a movie from Netflix at your home by mail in a matter of one or two days, you can now stream movies and TV shows directly to your home.
In this kind of culture, who has time to wait on God? Can waiting on God all of a sudden become a matter of seconds, rather than a matter of days, weeks, months, or years? “Get with the program, God” isn’t going to cut it. Our generation is going to miss out on hearing from God unless we can get ourselves back to a culture of waiting. Sure, it does have a hard price to pay when we want something and want it now. However, what good comes out of something being quick? Does God show up in a microwave culture? Maybe, if He does, are we truly going to hear Him, and especially, are we going to be willing to wait on Him? We may be one of the last generations to walk the face of this earth. Do we truly want to follow Him, or are we going to let ourselves slowly become like the people in the end times as described in the Bible?
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
It does not specifically mention impatience. However, we need to realize that impatience is selfishness and a lack of self-control, and both of these are listed in the passage. In response to another list of sins, Paul says that patience is among the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Isaiah 40:31 says: “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” It does not say: “Anyone who is a Christian will gain new strength;” therefore, it is our duty to wait. We are to have patience. Where did Elijah finally find God?
“And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave And behold, a voice came to him and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” (1 Kings 19:11-13).
You see, we have to be willing to let God show up in His own way and in His own timing. If we get too busy, we may miss His presence.
The Bible (New American Standard Bible, NASB)