In May, Debra and I flew back to Orlando Florida to Disney World. Have you ever been on a plane and listened to the flight attendant’s instructions about what to do in case of an emergency? They say the same thing, every day on every flight. And no one ever listens to them.
Why? One reason is because the presentation is so boring! Let’s face it, even the flight attendants look bored out of their minds making the presentation! Plus, most of us have flown multiple times and have heard the same thing over and over! So, we just zone out and drift off into “la la land.”
This same dynamic can also happen in our relationship with God. We have a hard time staying close to Him. Our tendency is to drift off on our own and that’s when we get into trouble.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups… Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. (MSG)
Back in 1945 the U.S. Navy rolled out their first digital computer. It filled an entire room. One day though it just stopped working so they called in the technicians. They couldn’t figure out why it had stopped so they called in a few scientists. Finally, after a more thorough search, they found that deep inside the computer, a moth had crawled between two electrical contact points and was stuck. As a result, the circuit couldn’t be closed. As soon as the moth was removed, the computer started working again.
When sin comes between you and God it disrupts your fellowship with Him. How do you get the spiritual “bugs” out of your relationship with God? If you’ve drifted away from God, the best way to get back into fellowship with Him is to simply ask Him for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)
Asking for forgiveness will always restore your fellowship with God and bring you back to Him. And always remember, God’s promise to forgive you is not based on a feeling you have but on His faithfulness and righteousness.