Today I am posting for Wednesday because on Wednesday, I was disconnected as a storm had knocked out my connectivity over the cellular network that provides me with the opportunity to connect for data and voice purposes. My post is similarly titled disconnected which has even more layers than just internet and voice communication.
Do you realize the importance of being connected? Do you feel the impact of being disconnected? What can you do? Where can you go? How will you respond? Why is it so challenging? When will it stop? Who can you turn to?
Ever had a situation where you are feeling disconnected? How did that make you feel? Was there anything you could do about it? What was the cause? Sickness? Technology? Weather? Something else?
Notice the difference you feel between being unplugged verse disconnected? One is a choice and the other put on you. One you can control and the other is out of your control. So how will you respond to being disconnected? How can you make the most of this bad or challenging situation?
Where can you find hope and encouragement? Where can you go or what can you do to be a good steward of your time? Read? No connections but can you find a good book? No connectivity but do you happen to have something downloaded that you can read, listen to, or watch? Is there something that you can learn? Is there something you can create?
The verse of the day on Wednesday while being disconnected was Matthew 6:7-8 which says:
‘ And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. [I Kings 18:25-29.] Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.’— Matthew 6:7-8
As I was looking at it in isolation I realized without the context or surroundings you could miss out the encouragement God provides when Jesus provides us with an example or pattern or example of how to pray:
‘ Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’— Matthew 6:9-13
The reading for the day was:
Do you have faith? Confidence in what you hope for? Assurance about what you cannot see?
Is your faith in God who formed the universe? Is your faith in God who created what is seen from the invisible? How is your faith being displayed? Are you living by faith in Jesus and receiving the blessing of righteousness and the inheritance of Abraham? Consider the examples of demonstrating faith from Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah. Are you longing for a better place, a heavenly one where you can spend eternity with God?
- Look into Enoch and what happened when he was no more at 365 years old (Gen 5 doesn’t call out him dying)
- Look into examples where men of God aren’t willing to receive something of value for free but want to pay for it (Gen 23 – we see Abraham’s example when he bought the burial property). We see another example when David wanted to pay for the place to make his sacrifice to God and wanted to pay because he couldn’t give a sacrifice of something that “cost me nothing“.
- What is your heart focused on? What is it or who is it that you love? What are you filling your heart with? From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Are you setting up stumbling blocks to keep yourself from God? from God’s will? from God’s plan? from God’s purposes? Repent! Turn back to God! Confess your sins! Humble yourself to Him and pray! Renounce all your detestable ways! Let’s decide to be God’s people by choosing for Him to be our God!
My handwritten notes captured and being posted to remember the day I was disconnected for people but not from God.