WE ARE DISHONOURING THE ALMIGHTY
M. J. Jacob
A few years ago, during an evening service in our church, I commenced my message in right earnest when I saw a man from the back row stand up and walk out. I thought he did not want to hear an old man’s message. I confess I had a disturbed feeling while delivering the sermon, although he returned to his seat a little later. Evidently, it was his mobile phone that caused the walk-out.
Worshippers walking out of church services and prayer meetings is not uncommon today. It is very sad that some Christians don’t take worship seriously, despite being aware that they are in God’s presence in the holy sanctuary. They do not realise that they are dishonouring Almighty God by walking out of His presence. It also shows a lack of trust in the Heavenly Father who is the sustainer and provider of everything in life.
Our walking out of a worship service or prayer meeting can also be an act that is insensitive towards the preacher, who leads the worship or the meeting, as well as towards the fellow-worshippers. I think worshippers can avoid interruption when they are in God’s presence, except when there is an emergency, of course.
Dear brothers and sisters, just ponder for a while: in our pre-cell phone age, how did we live? We trusted in God who takes charge of all situations in our lives and maintained a calm spirit during worship services. Hasn’t the advancement in science and technology robbed us of our dependence and trust in God in all circumstances? We have His promises, “I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Josh.1:5;Matt.28:20;Heb.13:5). “Be not anxious” (Matt.5). “Your Heavenly Father cares for you.” And what a beautiful illustration He has given us about ‘the birds of the air’!
Suppose our Prime Minister has granted us an interview with him for a few minutes. Will we not be careful to keep our mobiles in silent mode while in his presence? How much more we need to respect and reverence our Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the world, when we are in His presence!
Let us take this simple, but effective, step (which I’m sure many of you do whenever you are in an important meeting) to ensure a distraction-free, blessed and meaningful time with our beloved Lord: keep the mobile phone in silent mode and commit ourselves to the Lord with a short prayer, “Lord, I believe that you will attend the calls while I am in your presence. I know you will be in control.” We will be at peace throughout the worship session.
We are God’s special children and as God’s children we are responsible people. Peter says, “You are a chosen people, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1Pe.2:9).
So, let us avoid drifting along with the worldly current. These modern gadgets called mobiles, as also the TV, the computer, the internet, Facebook, etc., are but tools we can use meaningfully for the expansion of God’s kingdom; we need not allow them to control us.
God has given us, His special children, a spiritual intelligence and a discerning spirit which helps us live as children of light in this mad, dark world. As pilgrims in this world, surrounded by tempting distractions and attractions, we need to let God guide us by His wisdom so that He is honoured and revered through our lives.
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land,
I am weak but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy powerful hand. - W. Williams