With the craziness and stress of life it’s important to be connected with God for stability, grounding, and direction. At times in our relationship with God our connection can be poor. This can happen for a number of reasons, so we need to check our connection.
Have you ever been on a call or in a meeting when the connection was poor? As a result of the poor connection the speaker’s voice goes in and out, it sounds muffled, robotic, or drops out completely. It can be frustrating because you are unable to effectively communicate.
What is the state of your connection with God? Let’s look at it in terms of the call with the poor connection.
- Unplugged/Disconnected –
Do you have a relationship with God or did you have a relationship, but let it slip to the bottom of your priority list? Make your connection sure by accepting God’s gift of salvation. He desires that all would be saved, though sadly all won’t accept the free gift.
2 Pet 3:9 (NIV) says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2. Loose – plugged in, but barely
Maybe you are connected, but just barely. Are you doing the bare minimum, e.g., the obligatory reading so that you can ‘check the box’ and say you read the Bible today. Praying when desperate or when you have a free moment in your busy day? Are you hearing from God?
If the connection to God is ‘loose’ we could miss some instruction that God would like to share with us. It could be the next step we were waiting for or perhaps a nudge to pray for someone, but only God knows. If we want to understand a situation we are in, receive direction, or accomplish anything of lasting value we need to hear from God. Jesus talks about the importance of staying connected in John 15.
John 15: 1-5 (NIV)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
3. Poor/Bad – plugged in, but poor network quality
Your network can refer to the line of communication or those you are connected to. Improve your network, delight in God’s word and see how things change in your life. the Bible gives us an example in Psalm 1.
Psalm 1:1-4 (NIV)
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
In Samuel 15 King Saul received specific instructions from God via the prophet Samuel. Saul did not obey God. He only listened to part of God’s instructions and it cost him. A strong connection will help us follow all of the steps and avoid taking matters into our own hands.
Samuel 15: 22-23 says
And Samuel said,
Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord,
He hath also rejected thee from being king.
It’s clear that a strong connection is key. Plug in, tighten your connection with God to receive the strength needed to navigate the challenges of life and maintain your spiritual, mental, and physical health.
How will you shine today?