Exodus 40:36-38 “And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”
Technology is a funny thing. It can only do what it is told to do. On. Off. Run program. Execute function. Open application. View. Print. Take picture. Calculate… Yet, we give it such a place in our life that one would think it was our god.
Technology has opened a whole new world to us. We are just a tap away from viewing social media, messaging a friend, responding to emails from colleagues, playing games, checking the weather, and listening to music.
Their presence with us can be a handy tool, a distraction, or an object of division.
But, I believe every child of God fails to recognize the power of the presence of God and its importance in our life.
If today you left the house without your phone, most, if not all of us, would turn around to retrieve it. But if we left the house without the presence of God, would we return until we had it? I dare say, we would be more like Samson:
Judges 16:20 “And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.”
In Moses day, God was visibly present with the children of Israel. A cloud by day and fire by night. He protected them. He provided for them. He was present among them.
Today, how is God present for others to see?
Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
And just what ‘fruit’ is one supposed to have in their life?
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Not just the fruit, but the life of One far bigger; far greater than myself.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Our lives are filled with such activity and busyness that we often don’t have time or make time to be quiet. It is the very reason we do not know God as we should.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Technology has lied to us.
They said, “It will save time” and “make life more convenient” when in fact, it wastes time and has been the cause of more division than we can quantify. We become so easily distracted with the notifications we receive, it is a wonder we can keep our concentration on a conversation, let alone focus on one task long enough to complete it.
It is said that one electromagnetic pulse (EMP) could wipe out all electronics for miles. What would we do with ourselves? We would be forced to look one another in the eye and communicate verbally with no emojis attached!
Imagine with me, if you could, what the world would be like today, if every born-again, child of God took the time to get alone with God every morning and stayed long enough until we knew that the presence of God was with us?
If we knew we had God’s presence with us, what would our relationships, our marriages, our parenting, or our homes be like? What could our workplace be like? How would it affect our churches?
You, who read Daily Manna, are the recipients of the overflow of what God and I talk about every day. I need Him to go with me every morning. We all need God’s presence.
But even more importantly, there is a world that is lost, dying and headed for a Christ-less grave and Hell for all eternity that needs what we have. We need to value His presence in our life above all that matters.
American Express had an ad campaign that had a very catchy slogan:
“American Express, don’t leave home without it!”
We, as children of God would do well to adopt an adaptation of that very slogan:
“Jesus, don’t leave home without Him!”