Instant Gratification

Genesis 14:22-23  22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’

drive_throughWe live in a world that thrives on instant gratification.  Why wait?  You can have it now!  Do you want that new house, new car, new phone, new shirt, and new TV?  No money, no problem.  Just charge it!  Are you hungry for dinner?  Don’t take hours to prepare one at home; go through the drive thru and it will be ready in less than three minutes.  Do you want a new life and a new wife?  Don’t try to work it out; just divorce the current one and move on to where your heart leads.  If you you want it, you can have it… and you can have it NOW!  That’s the way of this world.  We don’t wait anymore.

Not Abraham.  He knew there was a great promise coming.  He knew that God had promised him something so great, it was worth waiting for.  He would have the wealth of many nations and would set the world record for number of descendants.  Yes, riches would someday come his way.  So when the king of Sodom offered him great wealth, he had the foresight to turn it down:  “I know that my promise is coming.  And when it does, I don’t want anyone getting credit for it besides God!”   What wisdom is this! Abraham knew that God would take care of him.  He knew that the riches from God are greater than the riches from man.

What riches are we settling for?  You see, sometimes we need to turn down what seems good now so that we can receive what is great later.  Only God can bring true riches.  He alone can bring healing, peace, joy, love, and restoration.  Yet we look to so many people and places for solutions.  And when HE comes through, we don’t even recognize that He was the one who did it!  Abraham didn’t take his chances.  He just turned down the riches now so that God would have more glory when the real reward came.

*Are you settling for the current riches of Sodom or believing for the future riches of God?


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