Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take away Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11
God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
Have you ever talked to someone who kept glancing at his or her smart phone to read a text or social media update? Or, worse, they send a text or update their social media while you are talking to them?
Confession time—how many of you do that yourself? Raise your hand…go ahead, tweet it or update your Facebook status with the following—”I confess that I read text, Twitter or Facebook messages on my smart phone while I am ‘listening’ to a person that is right in front of me.”
What is up with that? Do we understand anymore what it means to fully engage our present reality?
I am as guilty as the next person. And for those friends of mine that are patting themselves on the back because somehow they have resisted the smart phone and social media world so far…you are just as guilty, you just use old-school tactics.
Here is what I think the issue is…
God created us with a hunger for satisfaction and fulfillment. We want to associate with and feel connected to something that matters.
The problem is that all the things, people, celebrities, etc. that scream for our attention are not able to nor never will satisfy or fulfill us. Yet, we continue to crave each other’s attention. Today’s technology feeds this addiction.
What we really want is God’s Presence.
A term God uses to describe Himself is…I Am! How interesting. The name God uses for Himself demonstrates the essence of Presence.
God is the only One who can make our present reality fulfilling. He is the One who makes sense of this life.
Do you want healthy relationships that have meaning?
Invite I AM into the relationships with your spouse, family, friends and neighbors. If you spent time interceding for these in your life instead of texting, tweeting and Facebooking, I bet you will see an incredible shift in these relationships.
We want God’s Presence when we worship
And, what would happen if our focus were on His Presence when we gathered to worship instead of on the attendance of well-adjusted people able to give their time and money?
Let’s stand on His promise that He will draw all men to Himself if we lift Him up.
Forgive us Lord for our short attention span. We really are like sheep gone astray, each to our own way.
The devotional this week is provided by Kenneth A Camp, known by friends and family as Kenny. He attended HPU 1979-1984 as a Bible major. He married Danielle Reneau Camp in 1988. They have lived most of their married life in the Austin, TX area except for six months in 2007 when they served as volunteer missionaries in Thailand. Kenneth has held jobs in the secular world as well as served on three different church staffs. Currently, Kenneth is a published author, Adopting the Father’s Heart, a blogger at www.KennethACamp.com, and a father to a three-year-old son that he and his wife adopted in 2012.