Like many of you, I have a GPS hanging from the front windshield of my car to help me navigate from one point to the next. A funny thing happened to it recently. I had, as the voice setting, a woman with a British accent. I don’t understand why, but a couple of weeks ago the voice quit working properly. All of a sudden, it sounded like a man speaking in slow motion. It was like an old audio tape that was played too slowly. It was very odd.
My first thought was that my whole system would have to be replaced, but I just changed the voice settings and it continues to work.
It’s funny how much I depend on that GPS. I often type in the address or name of the place of my destination — even when I know exactly where I am going. It helps me to track my progress and how far I am from where I am going. I guess it’s a bit silly, but I still use it that way.
We have become terribly dependent on our electronic equipment in the last few years. Many people don’t go anywhere without their phones, pads and electronic tablets. Have you ever been in a store or a restaurant when the computers were down? You can’t buy a pack of gum if the computers are not working. Part of that is because inventory is tracked, and even the cash register opens based on the computer. But I fear part of it is because we have forgotten how to think.
I am of the opinion that it is not so good that we depend so much on electronics. But I must admit this to you: I think that we all need to live our lives in dependence on something (or someone) that is greater than we are. Obviously, I believe that someone is the Lord. The Scriptures remind us that we are to depend on the Lord. The psalmist wrote, “My salvation and my honor depend on God” (Psalm 62:7).
I cannot speak for you, but too often I live my life independently. We applaud some aspects of that. When our children grow up and leave home, they are to become independent. They need to make a go for it on their own. But that only goes so far. None of us can live life completely independently. We need each other. But far more do we need the Lord. We are dependent on him even for the air that we breathe.
I know that you likely depend on some electronic gadget for some things. I will not try to talk you out of that. But can I encourage you to learn to depend on God for those things that are most important in life? He made you. He loves you. He knows what is best for you.
You can depend on him.