Hard To Follow Instructions?

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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John 1:1-4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (NKJV)

I needed a computer technician to fix my Internet security software. Watching him go from screen to screen, from page to page, with writings and numbers and codes for what to do next, I was taken by all the technology before me and the skill that this young man possessed, as if it were just a toy for him to play with. I inquired quietly how he knew so much. He answered that in his business, he has to be abreast of new developments in modern technology all the time. He also explained that he has to use every minute of his time to keep up with his e-mails that amount to 500-plus a day! He can do that when driving. His hands are not needed while he listens to and answers the information that the device is feeding to him. Just by saying a word, the device deletes or saves a message.

That is way over my head, and I can only imagine what really goes on in the huge world of speedy electronic communication. Humans are skilled creators, searching new frontiers and inventing things never before built or made.

But wait! Something much more huge is way over my head! Something opens before me to see beyond the beyond, how God the Creator used His Word to make heaven and earth and everything in them; how everything under the sun is in synchronized motion in time and seasons; how every little detail is with purpose and meaning; how DNA codes provide instructions for the development of every living thing; and how wonderfully He made human beings to marvel at His handiwork and all the earth's wonders!

But in all the technical wizardry of creation, one thing was broken: how to get people back to worship the God Who gave them the breath of life. God never was without an answer. He made a way for the fallen, sinful people to return to His grace by sending His only beloved Son Jesus to be the proprietor of salvation for all who believe that He is the way, the truth, and the life! Whoever believes in Him would not perish in their sin but have everlasting life. Note the two outcomes: perishing or everlasting life — heaven or hell! We shall occupy one or the other. Simple instructions! Not hard to understand! Every soul must repent to be saved, and the consequences of not doing so are not nice. Let's choose to believe in Jesus!

Prayer: Lord God, make known to us in simple ways what our life entails here and hereafter. Open our lips to confess and repent of our sin and doubt. It is clear that it will be better to be in Your presence now and always! In the name of Jesus, our Saviour, we pray. Amen!

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Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>
Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful words Kirsti. Our God is indeed big.

    Thank you! A breath of sunshine on a foggy day.

    Good word Kirsti, I too have often marveled at this aspect of creation!

    Choose life or death, one or the other, couldn’t be more simple. People don’t like hearing it though.
    Good message, Kirsti. Thank you.

    Thanks for your devotion today! You have explained the Gospel simply and in a way that the present generation can relate to. May all who read it choose to believe in Jesus – the only way to the Father and eternal life. Thanks be to God!

    Dear Kirsti,
    Thanks for the thought about how we put our lives and internet into forces greater than us.
    May God continue to be creative in us and bless us as we seek to follow Him.

    Amen and Amen, Kirsti. The techy world blows my mind, too. Thank God for people like Robin Ross who can make sense of it to bring us these Daily Devotionals. Thank God for people like you who He’s given the ability to write devotionals that speak to our needs. Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Dear Kirsti,
    Thank you for your devotional today.
    I have a relative who can travel circles around me with his knowledge of computers and the computer language. You are right, it is just amazing how complex the computer is.
    Many years ago I saw a film made by a Christian group. The film starts off with the camera at ground level in a cluster of trees beside a driveway. Then the shot moved 10 feet, and the moved out in multiples of 10 till the earth is just a grain of sand amongst 1000’s of other grains of sands. Then the camera pulls back in until it gets back to earth level and starts looking inside a tree leaf the same x10 distances but this time we’re looking at the cells and micro-organisms. The entire film was absolutely jaw-dropping of just how orderly and precise and delicate this universe is. Their conclusion was that it could have only been created and not the result of a big bang.
    The film went on to tell about Jesus and His plan from eternity past to save people.

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