In this technological age, losing your signal translates to immediate disaster. A dropped signal may mean losing the connection during an important phone call. A wi-fi lapse can completely suspend your work efforts. Satellite TV viewers are frustrated when weather interferes with receiving a signal and ruins the video display.
Yet in our Christian walk, we seem rarely upset about a failure to maintain a clear signal with God. If our signal is weak, scrambled, faded, or otherwise compromised, we must acknowledge that:
- the signal failure is on our part, not the Lord’s. If the signal has grown distant or faded, it is because of us, not the Lord’s. James 4:8 says “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
- the Lord knows exactly how we’re wired and sends the appropriate signal. The Lord created us. He knows us intimately and individually. Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Since He knows exactly how he created us and who He created us to be, He also knows exactly how to speak to us – how to send signals in ways that we understand. Psalm 18:6 says “In my distress, I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.”
- we receive signals at different rates. We may enviously observe someone else’s enthusiastic Christian walk, wanting to be tuned to their same frequency. But their frequency isn’t designed for us. Jeremiah 29:11-12 says “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.“
- the signal is intended to optimize, not break you – the receiving device. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.” Romans 8:28 says that “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
The good news is, even if your signal is inactive or weak – you are just a prayer away from activating or improving your signal. Ask God to make your connection strong and clear. Psalm 145:18 says “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”