Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Listen while you read: "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say"1 (Lyrics)

Psalm 118:4-6 – Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever." Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (ESV)

I have an optical mouse. It has two batteries. One makes it light up, and the other, apparently, is for the wireless connection to the receiver. However, the battery for the wireless transmission seems to run out before the one for the light. So, when the mouse was not moving the cursor on the screen, I was concerned, because the light on the mouse showed by shining that it had detected my mouse movement.

Fortunately, I have had enough previous experience of this phenomenon to be immediately suspicious when it happens. I swap the batteries around to see if the problem is overcome. The first time that it happened, I was dumbfounded by it, and I thought — wrongly, as it later transpired — that both the batteries were joined in circuit to power the whole of the device. So, I looked for the problem elsewhere on the computer, only to come back later to the batteries as the real cause.

There is a saying, with variations: "The light is on but no one is home!" For me, it means that someone is physically present but that their mind is elsewhere, or that they are unable to comprehend or unwilling to engage with the issue or situation.

Sadly, that saying has a parallel with both my mouse and my spiritual life: I can be moving about, but my connection with God is far from where I am. My mind and heart are elsewhere, usually on work, television, cars, or life. It appears that I have become disconnected from God.

God is still there waiting for me to bond with Him. It is all perfectly predictable. This is nothing new, and the signs are becoming more quickly recognizable. It is usually, if not always, when I have been too busy sometime earlier to give God the time to wait upon Him and receive His infilling, peace, and grace.

Let us work at becoming faster to recognize the symptoms of disconnection — failure, pride, covetousness, wilfulness — and to put things right, because a life that does not have Jesus at its centre is heading for disconnection.

Jeremiah 33:2-3 – Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it — the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (ESV)

Prayer: Lord, let Your light shine in us, and may it be efficacious. Forgive us for our foolishness, and rectify our failures. May our inner being be focused on You, so that we can hear Your voice and get re-joined. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the challenge Rod. God bless.

    Rod, thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Good one Rod!

    I like your analogy. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks, Rod, for this reminder to stay connected.

    Yes, it is so easy to be disconnected!
    I always appreciate your devotionals.

    A BIG AMEN to that Rod.
    Great message.
    Great prayer.
    Thank you.

    You’re in good company Rod. I fear we all get easily separated from God by distractions of this world; but what a blessing to know He is waiting for our return!
    Thank you for your devotional.

    Great message Rod and I love the Scripture you quote in Jeremiah.
    Keep writing!

    Dear Rod Marshall,
    May we keep connect to God and keep God’s light on for others to see. AMEN.
    Keep changing batteries and keep that mouse writing for Jesus’ sake.

    Once again, I am amazed at the simple methods God uses from everyday life to speak to our hearts.
    Your title grabbed my attention immediately, then the words of the devotional showed me my initial thoughts were incorrect. I had jumped to a wrong conclusion because I raced ahead of your words.
    How often I do that in my life and the Lord has to slow me down so I can hear what He is trying to teach me. How often I have to start all over again because of this tendency. Thank you Rod for bringing this teaching as a fresh reminder to wait on the Lord and hear what He is saying.

    Rod – I sure needed it today! God Bless you.

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