Twenty years ago, I received my first cell phone as a birthday present. In all those years, I can count on one hand (okay – maybe two) the number of times I’ve accidentally left home without my phone.
A few weeks ago, I was running errands when I discovered I didn’t have my phone with me. Instant panic ensued. My thoughts ran the gamut creating a sudden anxiety attack. What if I get into a car accident? What if my car breaks down and I’m stranded? What if one of my kids needs me for something and can’t reach me?
I fiercely started praying for God’s protection. I adjusted my driving style. I obeyed every traffic related law to a T. I placed my hands at the ten and two positions and maximally focused on safe driving.
Midway through my non-stop prayer vigil, I had one of those reality gut-checks. Why did the absence of my phone force me to adjust my driving style? Why the sudden urgency to pray for God’s protection? Why was I struck with fear and panic at the thought of being phone-less?
It bothered me to think that I had placed so much trust in this small inanimate object. When had I assigned this unnatural power to something which quite frankly, can’t save me from anything? It made me think of all of the things we mistakenly put our faith in besides God.
I’ve been guilty of putting all my hope in my own abilities, my savings account or next paycheck. How many of us pin our hopes on the stock market or our 401k? We put our faith in our spouses, our parents or our education. Sometimes we trust a weight loss plan, a doctor or medicine to heal us before we put our faith in God.
It’s not that any of these things are bad. I truly believe that God can use any outside influence on our behalf and for His edification if He so chooses. We shouldn’t solely trust those outside influences though, above or before we trust God.
We’re commanded to keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. (1 John 5:21). In this day and age having a cell phone is almost a necessity, especially if we’ve got kids. We would do well though, to remember that while our phones can summon help – on their own, they cannot save us. Only Jesus can save us.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 (NLT)
Perhaps a faith exercise isn’t such a bad idea. Try leaving your phone at home for a few hours and see if you too might have a bad case of phone-y faith. Where does your faith come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2 (NLT)
Blessings in Christ,