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God’s relationship is a heart relationship.
In life, we have different types of relationships, including with ourselves. Our relationship with God is internal. Where people look at the outside, God looks at the inside. What that means is His Holy Spirit lives within us, prompting us on our journey. What we think is right isn’t always right. Traveling with God means being alert to His notifications.
Applications on our cell phones, known as apps, all come with notifications. If you use a water drinking app, it will tell you when you need to drink water. My Fitbit app reminds me every hour to get up and move. Financial apps notify you about financial things, food apps about food things, and sports apps about sports things. If we think of our relationship with God in terms of an app, His promptings are the notifications He sends when we’re heading in the wrong direction.
Pay attention to God’s notifications.
If you’re like me, you silence the notifications on your phone. They drive me insane. All of my close friends know my phone is constantly on “Do not Disturb.” I refuse to let the constant buzzing from a million different apps distract me. Now, the first thing I do when downloading an app is turn off the notifications. But I don’t turn off God’s.
God’s promptings are internal notifications that what you’re doing isn’t right. Peace isn’t present; instead, your heart feels unsettled. Verbalizing the feeling is difficult; it’s knowing that what you’re about to do, you shouldn’t do. Full transparency, I’ve pushed through the unsettled feelings before; I regret it when I do. Now, I try to wait for God’s peace to transcend before I act, then I know I’m doing the right thing.
Don’t ignore God’s notifications. When you feel a prompting to change your mind, change it. God’s way is always the best.
Lord, thank You for Your constant presence in our life. Forgive us for turning off Your notifications. Instead, let Your notifications always come through. Don’t let us ignore them, but quickly respond when we receive one. When we’re heading in the wrong direction, correct our course quickly. Increase our sensitivity to Your promptings. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
Have you missed a notification from God lately?