Are You Giving Up?

Have you ever been exasperated? I think the one thing that can exasperate me the most these days is a technology glitch. Most of the time, as I am working through the problem, I eventually come to the conclusion that the glitch was due to a lack of understanding and knowledge on my part of how to work my iPhone or computer.

I am an Apple fan. I cannot call myself a “geek”. I wish I could because I have discovered “geeks” have the knowledge ….they absolutely can navigate any problem and resolve it quickly and keep right on keeping on! I have even been given a book called “Apple for Dummies” so that I can learn how to navigate more efficiently with my Apple things, but the trouble is that I haven’t read the book. I need to make time to read it. In the grand scheme of things, it would take down my frustration level a notch or two, save time and make me more efficient.

Technology is here to stay and I am only 52. I realize if I don’t acquire the knowledge, then I am going to be left literally handicapped and in the dark. I already cannot navigate our remote for our TV. Thank God I am not a big TV watcher or I would be in trouble. But on the other hand, I just purchased a new dishwasher and with the “new and improved” computerized control panel there has been a huge learning curve.

With all the growing changes and advancements, I have committed to taking the time to discipline myself to learn technology. If you are reading this post and are breathing at all, I am sure you would agree that to function and operate in the world we live in, and in the years to come, knowing technology is a MUST. New cars have become so sophisticated in technology that if I don’t learn, I might not even be able to operate a car in the year 2020. LOL. I will be 58 then.

Advances in technology have made me very thankful for God and His unchanging character and will. The learning curve is the same for everyone; it is just dependent on my/your desire to learn. Thank goodness it is simple to know Christ and how He desires for us to live. It is not hard to figure out, nor overly complicated. We as humans can make it complicated and we do that because we choose “not to read the book” (Bible) or seek Him.

So many times, especially in the Back 9 of life, I listen more carefully to what people say about God and His Word and I realize it is more of what they have heard and conjured up in their own minds….The Word becomes distorted by not seeking to know and understand God for themselves. Thank goodness God is the same yesterday, today and forever…. He is steadfast and His Word does not change with the times………..!

In Romans 1:20 it states, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Yes, the Bible is clear, all men will be without excuse….God reveals His divine nature…we can either choose to see and acknowledge it or not…that is what God leaves up to us. It is our “free choice.” I love the Bible. Every time I pick it up and read it, I am renewed, convicted, motivated and encouraged.

We don’t hear the word “convicted” much. We read and hear about convictions in a court of law, but many times we don’t apply the word to ourselves. I have learned to do this more, not to beat myself up, but to allow God to convict my heart and show me my sin, to fulfill the desire I have to be more “Christ-like”. The book of Romans in the Bible is a great book. It is a book that teaches much about the Christian life and the character of God.

Romans 1:18-19 states, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” This is simply saying that God will make it plain to us how He wants us to live….He is holy and has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit to live in us. We can either receive it and allow Him to make it plain to us or we can choose our own wicked ways and suppress the truth…It is up to us and so are the consequences of our choices.

To live and function in our world, learning technology is a must. To live a Christian life today is a choice…but the “how to’s” of the Christian life are unchanging. It is the same today as it was a 1,000 years ago or as it will be 1,000 years in the future . Thank goodness it is UNCHANGING and is not EARNED; it is a gift. It is not hard to learn nor complicated…it comes more from a desire to know and live according to things that don’t change……..which is God. His Word and His desires are for our Greater good.

Consider giving up the “pride of life” that says you have it all figured out…..accept the free gift of salvation, an offering of a personal relationship with Christ….do not suppress the truth….accept His eternal power that brings good.

It’s one thing to be exasperated with a technology glitch. It is quite another to be exasperated with the way your life is going and feel like giving up. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8) “Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!” (Lamentations 3:40)

I encourage you to seek out God’s Word for yourself today. Turn to the One who is steadfast. He will lift you up in due time.

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