CHAPTER 18

“I Want It NOW!”

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This thinking error related to this statement is referred to as “lack of time perspective.” A criminal often demands immediate possession of what he wants. He interprets “wants” as needs, and refuses to wait and work for them. Criminals with this thinking error will often decide to go ahead and take by stealth or force what they want, especially if they don’t have the cash on hand to buy it. 

Another thinking error to which this statement relates is “materialism.”  This is the tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual or moral values.  The law has no impact on their thinking when they decide to go ahead and acquire something they want.

Sometimes people with the “I want it now” thinking error turn to shoplifting.  They basically say to themselves, "If I can take it, I will take it.” For many, it's an irresistible urge. There's something in their brain telling them, “You want it, right?  So go ahead and take it.”  Shoplifting can become a genuine addiction that stems from the same issue as a gambling or drinking addiction. These people shoplift because they feel compelled to, rather than for financial or material gain.

We shouldn’t point an accusing finger at these people.  Wanting what we want right now, rather than waiting for it, may have gotten some of us in trouble with our credit cards. The reality of high credit card debt for many people is that they spent money they didn’t have and don’t have a way to pay back. They max out their credit line to have what they want right now.  Thinking that $2,000 flat-screen TV only costs $20 per month in payments is dangerous, and can quickly lead to overwhelming debt.

Debt is an unwelcome guest in the home of many Americans. The average U.S. household with debt carries $15,310 in credit card debt and $132,086 in total debt (auto loan, house mortgage, and credit card combined).  The average number of credit cards owned by each adult American is 3.7. According to 2015 statistics, the average household is paying a total of $6,658 in interest per year. This is 9% of the average household income ($75,591) being spent on interest alone.

I see at least spiritual issues with this thinking error.  One is failure to recognize that God is our generous Provider.  We don’t have to go out and get everything ourselves.  He will give it to us when the time is right.  Which brings us to the second spiritual issue … failure to wait on God. Let’s examine both in the Word.

1. Read Genesis 22.
  a) What instructions did God give Abraham to test his obedience?
   
  b) After a three-day journey, Abraham took his son to the top of a mountain to carry out this act of obedience.  What was the name of the mountain?
   
  c) When Isaac asked where the sacrifice was, how did Abraham answer?
   
  d) Abraham was completely willing to plunge the knife into Isaac, because of his faith. But when Abraham displayed his obedient heart towards God, what did God do?
   
  e) What did Abraham call the name of that place from then on?
   
    I might have named the place “Agony Hill,” or “Obedience Testing Ground.”  But Abraham named it in honor of what God has done for him.  The translation of his name is “The Lord will provide; in this mount, it shall be provided.”

2. What are some of the ways God provides mentioned in Psalm 65:9-13.
 
 
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3 In Matthew 6:26, Jesus told the people to look at how birds are provided for by God.  If He takes care of even the birds, we should expect that ...
 
  Note:  Birds don’t just sit around with their beaks wide open.  They actually work!

4. In Luke 9:11-17, we see that Jesus doesn’t just care about our spiritual needs.  He also has a real concern for our physical and material needs as well. 
  a) How many loaves and fishes did the disciples have to feed the 5000?
   
    This account of Jesus feeding the five thousand may be the best known of Jesus' miracles. It is the only miracle recounted in all four of the Gospels.
  b) How many basketfuls did the disciples gather after the crowd was fed?
   
    Each disciple could feel the weight of his own basket of bread as he carried it back to Jesus and they would never forget the abundance of that day.
  c) Why did Jesus use the boy’s lunch to feed the people?  Why didn’t he create their lunch from nothing? 
(Thought question – answers will vary.)
   

5. To wait on the Lord is to trust Him completely with our lives. It means looking to Him as the way, the truth, and the life. He is our source.
  a) Waiting is not a virtue at which most of us excel.  What is promised to those who wait upon the Lord?  (Isaiah 40:31)
   
   
   
   
  b) David knew personally the need to wait upon the Lord. What character trait did he instruct us to exhibit as we wait?  (Psalm 27:14b)
   
  c) What will the Lord do when we courageously wait on Him? (Psalm 27:14c)
   

6. The advice to wait on the Lord is a recurring theme in the book of Psalms. What are some of the benefits of waiting on the Lord, instead of charging ahead and taking care of things ourselves?
  a) Psalm 25:3a:
   
  b) Psalm 25:21:
   
  c) Psalm 27:14, 31:24:
   
  d) Psalm 33:20:
   
  e) Psalm 37:9, 34:
   
  f) Psalm 39:7:
   
  g) Psalm 40:1:
   
  h) Psalm 62:1:
   
  i) Psalm 104:27:
   
  j) Psalm 106:13:
   

7. What Biblical advice would you give to someone who wants everything RIGHT NOW?
 

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