fNot so long ago our homes sported telephones with a dial on it.  Isn’t that where the term “dialling” originated from?  Right now we don’t really “dial” but touch the keys on the keypad to call a number!  Those were the days when each home would have one phone which all the household would commonly use and a telephone directory or two next to it.  Every number of all our contacts would be written down.  However as we need to physically dial the numbers the frequently contacted phone numbers were naturally saved into our memory banks!

Now we have advanced big time..  we don’t have dials that are painstaking and slow to dial..  we have touch screens and number pads to key in the numbers.  We have more contacts as now not only is there only phone per household but perhaps one or more numbers per person…  All the numbers are stored electronically in the address book on the device or the SIM card.  We don’t manually dial the number but depend on these address books.  As a result we often don’t even know the phone numbers by heart of those who are close to us…  Parents and children, husband and wife, close friends…

The phones are becoming more and more high tech while less and less durable… So often we find our screens crack or the battery runs low or worse, our phones get stolen and our SIM cards need replacement.  Nowadays we can’t send a sms to someone without mentioning who the sender is as there is no guarantee that our numbers will be in their new address books.  We are so programmed with increased networks that often the relationship factor goes.  The personal touch goes out of the window… We encounter a problem with the phone and a number of our contacts get cut off.  More yet less scenario..

Not much different to our spiritual walk.  We are often so programmed with memory verses and hymns and choruses.  We perhaps sing off the top of our head but how often do our hearts resonate with what our lips are uttering?  How often do we recite a memory verse and truly believe the verse?  We will put that into practice in our daily life if we truly believed.  However, we negate it when it comes to the crunch = oh no, God expects us to do it ourselves, that was meant for the time of the Bible.. the excuses grow.

We profess that we trust in Him, that the one in us is greater than the one in the world, yet we bow down and let the one in the world push us over… we become a punching bag..   We acknowledge that God created the heavens and the earth and He owns everything in it.. but then we claim that we need to strive for everything and that what we have is what we earned by the works of our own hands.  God used the desert period to test the Israelites…

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. – Deut.8;2,16

Do you think the ‘test’ could be limited to just the Israelites?  Do you think that God can give provision to the Israelites who were being led – simply led – through the wilderness for 40 years?  Did they have to ‘work’ to earn their food?  When we do what God specifically calls each one of us to do, He meets our needs.

We are so programmed that we often behave like robots – we could be programmed by our culture, by our religious beliefs, traditions, education, society, nation…  Anything outside of this box and way of things is classified as “foolishness”.  So we don’t actually engage our brain when we speak or make decisions.  What we say or do tends to be the by product of our programmed selves.  More often than not, it’s not from the heart.

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men – Isaiah 29:13

God expects us to break free from all of these..  He doesn’t want us to live by man made rules, traditions, standards.. Instead He is expecting relationship from us.. Sincere love relationship with God and with each other.  Authentic love will then set the way and allow God to move through in ways beyond our wisdom and expectations.

Jesus told Nicodemus that to enter heaven we need to be born again – be born of the Spirit… and He also makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is like the wind – we do not know where He comes from or where it goes.. That’s the life led by the Spirit.. It’s not about rules and preconceived ideas and set plans..

Let’s be ready to step out of the programmes and be prepared to embrace relationships instead…




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