I'm sorry if I've been letting anyone down in the last few weeks... I think God is doing some amazing things in Culpeper and I'm looking forward to those, but it's been requiring a lot of time reflecting and praying on my part. Add that to the fact that my computer's power connection is very finicky now (update: dead) so I haven't really been able to spend much time on my computer to write a blog. The church has purchased a new one however, so things should be able to move forward as usual. The last two weeks of sermons have been uploaded to www.firstchristianculpeper.com as well.
You see, until it gets fixed, the power cord for my computer has to be tilted in a very specific way just so it can make an electric connection and charge the battery. If it moves at all, I have to spend about 5 minutes getting it back into the proper place... it's annoying to say the least. There should be a solid connection from the electricity flowing from the cord to the power adapter inside the computer which leads to my battery and allows it to charge. When any of that is out of sync or alignment, the whole machine loses power until finally, it won't turn on anymore.
It's amazing to me how vastly important connections are in my every day life. If I have a bad phone, TV, or internet connection, I become very disgruntled and want it fixed immediately. When I have friends and we just aren't on the same page, it's very frustrating. When God and I aren't sharing a solid connection, all of those feelings come rise again. In each one of those instances, I blame something else... Comcast or Verizon or AT&T, my friends. And yes, even God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
The writer of Hebrews knew that it was important for man to maintain a connection with God. Even though the Bible is filled with numerous instances where God seeks after man, it's clear that God wants the connection to be a voluntary one. We must do our part to seek after him and maintain the connection.
To often, we neglect the connection with God as one that is important to our lives, yet when we experience the negative feelings that go along with the bad connection, we're so quick to blame God for our troubles. "God's not listening, God's not answering my prayers." Not nearly often enough do I turn the tables and say "I need to do a better job of maintaining this connection." But that's what we need to do. The best part is, God's always waiting for us to turn back to Him, offering that strong connection through his Son Jesus Christ.