Whatever happened to long distance calls? Do you remember when you had to decide if you wanted to pay the price before you made a call outside of your area code? Before cell phones even calling the relatives a few miles away could cost you extra. We still have long distance calls but they are rare now. Most people use cell phones and can call and text anywhere. With this increased capacity of communication one would think that we would be closer to each other. Somehow I don’t think this is happening. Many times we are still a long distance call away from those we love.
Many people treat God as being so far away and out of touch from their daily lives. They feel that He is in heaven and busy with the running of the universe and has no time for them. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our God is intimately concerned for people. He tells us in His Word: “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth” (Ps. 145:18). When Paul was debating with the philosophers in Athens he described God as: “…actually not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). When writing to the Romans Paul described that getting to know God is as close as your own mouth and your own heart. When we believe with our heart and confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord we come into a wonderful saving knowledge of God. “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). When you make that call He no longer is a long distance God.
God wants us to keep in touch after we get to know Him. So He invites us to call Him up anytime. This is called prayer and we are to: “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. We can call Him up with our needs and burdens, our doubts and confusion, our praise and our thankfulness. I am so glad that our God is not a long distance God.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation