God’s Word for Today: Futility.
Romans 1:21. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
For some reason, I always liked this word futility. Maybe it is the way it rolls off one’s tongue. Maybe it is actually just one step removed from a difficult word to pronounce. Or maybe, just maybe, I can define many of my actions through my life as simple futility.
It almost amazes me the new habit that our modern cyber space age has developed. No longer does one simply reach over to the alarm clock and either shut it off, or hit the snooze button. No longer does said alarm clock come on with our favorite radio station so we can hear the morning news and find out that days weather forecast. No, alarm clock/radio out, smart phone in.
Now, a wake up time, the first thing reached for is the cellular phone. Yes, to silence whatever creative alarm tone you have set. I will humbly admit, mine is currently Hells Bells by AC/DC. Not because of the name or insinuation thereof, but because the song starts out with some rather majestic bells sounding off like a Church beckoning on a Sunday morning. This could be a whole other writing for God’s Word if we would think about the extreme difference between the beginning of this song and the name that AC/DC gave the song. Maybe you would like to leave a comment or two on said subject.
Now, back to futility. We silence the alarm on our cellular. Then what, through blurry eyes and half-awake senses, we start thumbing through our messages received or posts posted, while we were sleeping. We automatically jump right into the middle of everyone else’s life. The information on the superhighway of cellular phone statuses is our priority. We can’t wait to find out what the rest of the world has done. Is this a practice in futility?
I will admit two things. One, I am still part of the older generation that appreciates today’s technologies but has retained the habits of years, prior to the magical cellular phone. Two, I could very easily slip into the bringing my world to life, via smart phone habit, if I didn’t control myself. Every morning, it is a matter of deciding priorities. Is God going to lead my day, or are my friend posts on Facebook going to set the tone for how my day will go? Do I want to know what God has planned for my day, or do I need to get in a quick game of Candy Crush?
Today, don’t think of a conflict between your cellular phone and God. Think more of a conflict between guidance and futility. What do you want to be your focus today? Other people’s business, or God’s business? What bells are beckoning you? Yes, you must spend time with concern for other’s welfare. But first, ask God to help you start your day with His concern for your welfare. Let’s leave futility sitting to the side for just a while, let’s replace it with the necessity of God’s love…………….
Prayer: Dear Lord, director of my life. I thank you for today. Forgive me for the times this world pulls me in a direction of futility. Help me to get my priorities straight. I am here in this world to serve you first, God. I give my life to You. I will first listen to You. I will start my day with You, Lord. In Jesus’, who saw the futility of man first hand, and forgave him, name I pray. Amen.