What do we turn to when we are dazed and confused about the complex aspects of our lives? Whether it is our health, wealth, or situations which baffle us, we usually find out about what our reliance is on when the rubber meets the road. At that moment of personal confrontation we may discover we headed toward the immediate relief rather than the Divine Guidance for the actual solution.
It goes without saying that addiction certainly lends itself toward the quick fix, but when faced with using a band aid or surgery, we often choose the band aid just because it is so much easier. How will it make us feel now rather than later. Technology and the advances in communication have made it even more now, a word that defines the new normal - I want it now!
While walking the treadmill in the fitness center to help rehabilitate my back and leg situation, I saw a young man go a couple minutes on another treadmill, check his phone for a few minutes, do some exercises for a few minutes and then repeat the process several times. It challenged me also to think of how valuable the phone has become that we can't even let it down for more than a few minutes without checking it.
What would our lives be like if God were consulted as often as we check our phone? You see it is a mindset of immediacy and quickness that has turned our society into permanent ADHD. And in turn, it is turning us into that immediate answer type of folk instead of people who need to think before we react.
In Psalm 42 David does just that. He is up and down about what is going on in his life, how he was revered, yet how he has fallen. Whether he was depressed or remembering the good old days he was always seeking Divine Guidance. If he had had a cell phone who knows what that Psalm might have looked like?
But instead we see the answer in verse 8, which gives us confidence that whatever the problem is, however difficult life may be, God is waiting for us to seek his guidance, 24-7.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life!
But if we are still having problems with putting that cell phone down, remember there is an APP for Bible, and that is how we we can get answers now, in places just like Psalm 42. Problem solved!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.