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  • Henry Omotayo

Are You Missing Something?

Joshua 1:8

Message No. 0668 | Twitter @GodandUs |

I recently visited a dentist and as I was driving back home, I remembered that I needed to call someone, and it was then that I realized I did not have my phone, having looked at the usual place I would put it in the car and not finding it there. To confirm, I checked the Bluetooth connection to the car, and it showed no phone connected.

As I was trying to process this, I began to panic. I had never lost a phone and mine had never been stolen so I was thinking, would this be my first? I thought to call my wife and ask her to call the phone so if I heard it vibrating, I would know that it dropped to a hidden place somewhere in the car, but then I remembered that without the phone, I could not call anyone. All of a sudden, I felt isolated as though I was the only person on the planet. I needed to stop and find a way to get back to the dentist, but you hardly find a way to safely navigate your way when you’re in a hurry.

At this time, I began to realize how much we have become so dependent on telephones for daily living. Research shows that on the average, people unlock their phones 150 times daily. If you deduct 6 hours (from 24 hours) as average sleeping time, this means the people unlock their phones every 7 minutes. We can deduce that people actually touch their phones for one reason or the other hundreds of times daily. Now, compared to the average population, I count myself to be by far not a telephone addict. I don’t do social media, except for twitter once a week to post this message, and I am not the best person at talking on phone, so how could a potential loss of my phone be so destabilizing to me?

In the midst of this, I could not but think, there’s no verse in the Bible saying this telephone shall not depart from your hands but you must touch it and browse or read something in it day and night. Why then are we so devoted to a small device that we cannot even use without paying money monthly to some telecommunications provider? Some people would rather not eat than not have the budget to pay for their phone services. Why can’t we be this dedicated to the all-powerful God of all flesh? In Joshua chapter 1 verse 8, the Bible says:

This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

This is a commandment with a promise of prosperity and good success, but how much of it are we dedicated to? Thank God for telephone Bible apps, but with our addiction to phones, how many times do we open the Bible apps daily? If we have not read our Bibles in a day, do we feel the same way I felt when I could not find my phone? Are we happy to step out of the house every morning without reading our Bibles? Are we happy to go on for days without opening those Bible apps on our phones while we cannot go for 10 minutes without opening our Facebook or Instagram apps? Do we pay any priority or importance to the very source of life? In Psalm 119 verse 105, the Bible says:

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Since the Word of God is such a powerful guide to our daily living, why are we so happy to not read or study it at least once daily? How can we wish for daily success when we neglect the source of success altogether? Are we so dependent on human wisdom or knowledge, because human abilities will fail any day, but our God never fails. What is the source of your inspiration and power? If God isn’t, then who or what is?

Thank God that my phone was waiting for me at the dentist (I had left it carelessly at the counter when I was signing the bill). When we do not read or study the Word of God, aren’t we missing something, and shouldn’t this be apparent and cause the kind of panic that I felt when I thought my phone was lost? If you are comfortable going for days without communing with God through His Words, then I sincerely suggest that you repent and turn a new leaf.

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 If you are yet to give your life to Christ, you do not have a covenant with God and His promises do not apply to you. To come under these promises, please surrender your life to Christ today, by praying this prayer:
 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 If you prayed the foregoing prayer, you have just been born again. Please find a Bible believing church in your area and ask to see the pastor. Let him or her know that you have just given your life to Christ and s/he will guide you on next steps in your journey as a child of God. The Lord bless you!
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