Admit it. You clicked on the link because you wanted to see what happened next. You wanted to see what it was that had me in tears, or left me speechless, or that I totally didn’t see coming. You wanted to learn that one weird trick that would finally get rid of all your belly fat. You wanted to learn the one astonishing truth that would completely revolutionize the way you see instant coffee. Despite your best intentions, you got sucked in by yet another clickbait headline.
Why do we get so easily sucked into sensational headlines? We know that they’re going to disappoint us. We know that the “amazing” spectacle isn’t very amazing. We know that the “weird trick” to lose weight will end up being something ridiculous, like wrapping our bodies in tin foil. We know that the “ten ways to change the world” won’t change jack.
I think part of the reason we get sucked into the vortex of sensational headlines is that we are always looking for shortcuts to change. We are always on the watch for tips or tricks that will usher instant change into our lives. We want instant progress, instant weight loss, instant financial peace, instant power over our anger, instant self-control.
But we serve a God who doesn’t usually do things in an instant. In fact, God is unusually slow in the way that he works.
Think about it for a moment.