13th February 2012


“The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
Psalm 145:17-18 (NKJV)

I needed to buy a new mobile phone a few months ago, because the phone I was using was beginning to grow like me: The battery needed recharging more often and the memory was failing! Anyway, my new phone was all slick and shiny, and I was keen to see how it worked, so I read the instruction book carefully and we were off. Actually, I didn’t even get off first base, because the phone had a permanent message on the screen saying “Sim card not inserted.” I looked in the instruction book again, but there was nothing there to help me, so I went back to the phone shop and asked for help. “No problem,” they said. “The Sim card’s in the wrong way round.” The instruction book didn’t mention that.

Back at home the next step was to set the date and time on the phone. Out came the instruction book again, but try as I might the only thing I managed to do was set the alarm and then I couldn’t work out how to cancel it. So, off to the phone shop again. The assistant was very patient with me. He tried the phone and it worked OK for him. “How did you do that?” I almost pleaded. When he explained to me that the raised square around the middle menu button moved the curser up, down, left or right, it all suddenly made sense.

Back home again I looked in the instruction book for the umpteenth time, but there was nothing in there about the raised square, and I wondered what else I was going to have to find out for myself. The instruction book just didn’t fully explain all the phones functions, so I couldn’t communicate effectively. In fact, the booklet stated that “not all functions are described here.” Well, for a fumbling pensioner, I needed all those functions described.

I was reminded of the incident in the Bible where the Eunuch was reading the scriptures in Acts 8:30-31, “So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’” Philips explanation of the scriptures led to the Eunuch being baptised. God gives us everything we need in the Bible to be able to communicate with Him. But sometimes we need someone else to explain things to us so that we can fully understand how to stay in contact with God.

A few months ago my mum-in-law was having trouble with her home phone. Sometimes the calls connected, sometimes they didn’t. The phone engineer was summoned and he found that the cables on the outside of the bungalow had nearly rusted through. Because of rust, communication had failed. Mathew 6:20 says, “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Focusing on God keeps the rust at bay and communications open.

Our mobile phones give us ready access to friends and family, but only if they’re there to answer the call. God is always available to answer our calls. God loves us and wants us to change direction by following Jesus, because He has already gone ahead and restored full communications to the throne of Grace.

Thank you, Father, for your instruction book, the Bible. Thank you that I can recharge my battery with the power of the Holy Spirit and thank you for always answering my calls.

Study by Diana Hall

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