Instant mashed potatoes, fast food, overnight weight loss, debt consolidation loans and countless other quick fixes have this culture spending a ton of money looking to save time or get us out of a tough spot.

Although I’m not personally against instant mashed potatoes, nothing compares to the real thing. Real potatoes take time to make but most opt out for the quicker approach. Life can be like real mashed potatoes; it may take a little longer to make, but it’s well worth the effort.

It is true that the blood of Jesus can instantly wash our sin away. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, the consequences of our sin here on earth may take a bit longer to overcome.

I remember having to dig myself out of irresponsible financial decisions I made when I was drinking and not walking with the Lord. However, the sense of accomplishment and overwhelming joy that God had given me the grace to follow through and pay back my creditors was wonderful. God taught me the value of paying my debts as a testimony to His glory.

Even in emotional healing, people often want quick fixes. In our zeal to be free from the pain, we might seek ungodly counsel, which could lead to more trouble down the road. Proverbs 19:2 says, “Zeal without knowledge is not good: A person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.”

People wanting to be free from financial burdens, relationship problems and other challenges this life brings often seek quick fixes. This culture gives us many ways to avoid pain, which aren’t always the ways God wants to lead us. Remember, Jesus suffered the pain of the cross onto victory in His death and Resurrection. He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf and suffered the consequences of our sin.

I believe that God will give us the grace to walk through the circumstances instead of bringing immediate dissolution in most cases. He teaches us through circumstances, some that we have created, to bring us into a better understanding of Himself.

Slow down, breathe! It’s free. Seek God’s answer through prayer and His Word and He will direct your path.