“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” (Isaiah 64:4)
The world is all about short-term gain. The god of this world will never cause you to consider the long-term consequences of your actions. He advocates immediate gratification. But those who play must always pay. The bill will come due. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
The biggest losers are not those who denied themselves in the present for the sake of the Lord. They are those who would not deny themselves. The temporary loss of taking up our cross and laying down our lives for the God we love is more than made up for in this life and the next. As the martyr Jim Elliot wrote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
What God has in store for those who love Him is worth the wait. Nothing you could gain down here for a moment of fleeting pleasure is worth losing the eternal treasure that God is preparing to bestow on His faithful children. In patience, learn how to go without, until the time when God is ready to reward your fidelity.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)