February 13th, 2019
When God Sends A Text (Mark 1:35)
Mark 1:35, And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
There are at least three times when God wrote.
1. 10 Commandments (Exodus 31:18)
2. Writing on the wall (Daniel 5:5)
3. Jesus wrote on the ground (John 8:2-8)
We are living in times when we do a lot of communicating by text messaging:
·There are over 5,035,000,000 (5.035 billion) texters in the world. (GSMA Intelligence)
·There are approximately 277,000,000 (277 million) “texters” in the United States (not including children 12 years old and younger). (Text Request)
·At least 97% of smartphone owners text regularly. (Pew Research Center)
·Americans send roughly 26,033,333,333 (26 billion) text messages every day. (Statistic Brain)
·On average, each American sends and receives 94 text messages per day. (Text Request)
·The first text message was sent on December 3rd, 1992 from Neil Papworth, a former developer at Sema Group Telecoms.
*Source from GSMA Intelligence, Text Request, Pew Research Center, Statistic Brain
Today it is undeniable that most people must have their cell phones with them at all times. We all have become so dependent on modern technology. In short, we have become so devoted to our technology. Technology has its place in our society. In fact, if it were not for technology, you would not be reading this devotion.
When I was a teenager (mid 80’s - early 90’s) we could go places and actually enjoy ourselves and others company, having a great time while never having to know what was going on someplace else. We have come so far in such a short time. How did we ever make it back in those days? LOL.
Often in the Bible we come across the phrase “And the word of the LORD came unto…” We read this concerning Ezekiel, Jonah, Jehu, Jeremiah and others. These verses speak of the LORD wanting to speak to His people to communicate to them. Imagine that! Think about the times when you read the Bible. What does God speak to you about? Today rather than pursuing your cell phone or email, etc. Make sure to devote some time and seek the Lord and find out what message He has for you.
Jesus was very popular. The crowds sought Him out! Everyone wanted to be with Him! Masses of people followed Him for various reasons…meals, miracles, or monarchy. They either wanted to hear Him, ask Him a question, or get Him to heal a loved one. From daylight to dusk Jesus was sought. When the crowd knew He was in town, they found Him. Jesus never had a moment alone unless He made it happen. It is very important that you have time alone with GOD. Jesus loved God and He loved people. He spent time with both. He knew how much time to be with people and how much time to be with God.
Question to Consider:
What about your "appointment" with God?
Do you have a specific time and place you meet God each day?
Points to Ponder:
When we make appointments in life, we always designate a time and a place to meet.
Have a special time daily in God's Word.
Prayer, Father in Heaven, I know You desire to spend time with me and I desire spending time with You. May our time spent together be quality time, free from distractions that I may hear you speak to me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.