Instant Gratification

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Exodus 32:1-6

We despise long lines at the store. We want to drive a Lexus before we can afford it. Children wish to be superstars. People think they have a right to instant gratification. However, the best things are often attained after years of sacrifice and learning. Weeds will grow overnight, but it takes many months to grow an orchid.

It’s difficult to accept the impulsiveness of the Israelites after all they had seen God do. He fed them in the desert with quail and satisfied their thirst with water. God assured Israel that he was one supreme, loving God. But after only three months in the desert they wanted pagan gods! They made fools of themselves worshiping at the feet of a golden calf. Unbelievable? Maybe not! Parents will give their children everything they never had. Young couples will build houses with five bedrooms and five baths while robbing God of tithes and offerings. Lotto tickets are bought with lunch money in hope of a quick pot of gold. Lovers demand sex before marriage. Reward is expected without sacrifice. We want heaven now!

The wise man said, “A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him” (Proverbs 28:22).


Our Father, teach us that instant gratification does not supply what it promises. Amen.