In the age of smart phones, tablets and laptops we are extremely dependent on wireless internet or "wi-fi" to stay connected to the internet. A large part of our business and social life take place within the confines of a small screen. Whether it be at home or on travel, we must establish a connection to a particular area's wi-fi by connecting and entering a password. A quick glance in the top of our phone or tablet and a small icon tells us how strong of a connection we've made.
Sometimes a wireless connection is interrupted. In my house, we laugh because our microwave will sometimes interrupt someone's work on the laptop. Who knew reheating lunch could cause such a fuss? The truth is, when it comes to connecting with people or God, it doesn't take much to disrupt a relationship.
My phone stopped working the other day and I wasn't able to navigate through a website. I became frustrated and I looked at the wi-fi icon and a message appeared: Re-establishing Lost Connection. That phrase grabbed me. My phone knew it needed to reconnect. I also I know I need to reconnect.
I was telling a friend the other day that I was missing a strong connection with the Lord recently. I wasn't feeling a powerful presence like I have felt at other times in my life. The times when God felt extremely close were some of the most difficult times in my life. So as much as I crave Him, I'm not asking for difficulty again. Be careful what you wish for, so to speak.
While family crisis, illness or mission trips are sure fire ways to feel God's presence, the Bible gives us one simple instruction to reconnect with the Living God. James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you..." So simple. When you desire more from your relationship, make the first move towards the Lord and He will be faithful to come close to you.
But this verse holds another very powerful secret. The second half of the verse says, "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Oh, how we dislike that word "sinners" in this day and age. But let's face it, everyone of us has some wrong doing in our life. Whether it's thoughts or deeds, there are things that hinder a closeness with a holy God.
In order to get close, we draw near and then we confess. It's so simple. Admit where we are falling short. God doesn't even instruct us to "STOP IT". He simply says wash your hands, admit where you're struggling and don't be double minded. Sometimes we have our feet in two worlds. We want the peaceful, Spirit-led life and we want all the trappings of this world at the same time. God makes it very clear you can't have both. We've all been on a date or at coffee with someone who checks their phone every few seconds and rarely makes eye contact. It's no different with God - it's difficult to have a closeness if we won't stop the distractions and look into His loving eyes.
Just like on the date or at the coffee meeting it's really simple. Put the phone down. We need to put some things down in our life. Pray and tell God you need more Him in your life, that you want to know His son. Confess where darkness overwhelms you, either in thoughts or actions. Finally, read His word. God gives us such hope and direction right in his word and if you don't know where to start, choose something simple like a Psalm or the Gospel of John. Choose one verse to read and pray over. After these things, be still, wait, and watch for the Lord. It's amazing how active He is when we pay attention to Him.
This morning as I sit by the powerful ocean and marvel at His beautiful creation, I have chosen these verses. John 1:1-5 -
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Be blessed today and draw near to Him, He promises to come close.