How we communicate with each other has been changing constantly from the beginning of creation. For example, God verbally talking to Adam and Eve in the garden, the Ten Commandments written on stone, God speaking through a burning bush, dreams given to men, clouds, fire, messages written on walls, plagues, donkeys, storms, written letters, TV, iPhones, texting, or person-to-person communication.
Although our forms of communication have changed, God’s desire for us to communicate with each other and Him has not changed. Face-to-face, one-on-one is how God created us! It is at the core of who we are. God’s communication with us is about who He is and what He desires for us to become. God’s communication with us should in turn lead to God-changingcommunication with each other.
Communication is about imparting an emotion or feeling. It requires interaction – the exchanging of information and ideas. Real communication requires our very presence! Sometimes that communication is in the form of an action, a verbal interaction or just being quiet in someone’s presence.
When sitting in my “meeting God” chair, I find myself picturing Jesus sitting across from me, talking to me, speaking to me through His Spirit and Word. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I have found myself feeling very alone, as I know many of you have felt as well. Desiring a real bodily person to communicate with, someone whose face I could see and interact with. During this time, I began to ask some very soul-searching questions of myself, the biggest one being, “In our world of instant communication, are we really communicating with each other?” In the process of “protecting” each other, have we lost some very important God-given communication and interaction?
God showed me this big time while teaching Children’s Church recently. We were talking about being strong and courageous. I asked the children, “Why is it hard to be strong and courageous?” All of them shared openly about being scared of Covid-19 and all that was going on in the world. Fear was imprisoning them! They needed to communicate those fears, acknowledge them, speak them out loud. They needed to communicate them to God and each other. By doing so, something amazing happened. They began to realize they were not alone. Their fears were real, but God was bigger than those fears. He could and would give them courage and make them strong through the very mention of His Name out loud – JESUS, JESUS, JESUS.
Communication began to happen between God and those children. A quietness filled the room; they were listening to each other with empathy, and camaraderie happened. God was speaking to their hearts and mine. He was teaching us that we need communication with God and each other. For you see, God-given communication breaks down walls of fear and aloneness.
What would happen tomorrow in your life if you could not talk to God? Spending time talking to God and to each other is one of God’s top priorities for each of us. When I call God, there is no recording that says, “You have been disconnected.” Or “This phone is out of service.” God doesn’t need to recharge His phone or reply with, “Call later; my message box is full.”
Just like God’s computer always working, God’s “phone” can be called night or day. There is no re-dial on God’s phone, only a direct line. He anxiously awaits your call and your presence. He desires to hear your voice and see your face. He wants to communicate with you! Why? Because he loves you and needs you. However, you might be asking, why does God need me? He needs you to communicate to others Who He is and what He will do when we call Him.
“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God, I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?”
Call God; he is waiting for the phone to ring!