If this was true when Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote it in 1984, it must be true now, too:
"We are a people who always desire some short cuts, some easy method, some kind of ‘package’ blessing. And that is one of the great differences between the Christian literature of this present century and of the Christian church up to about the middle of the last century. People would seek a blessing for years before they received it. But there was purpose in it all; God was dealing with them and leading them along a given path. You will never know the heights of the Christian life without effort." (Joy Unspeakable, p.169)How much of my thinking is shaped by what the Bible teaches about trust and patience, and how much by the always-on, instant-access/response world I live in?