Archive for October, 2010

God Never Crashes (Computers Do)

Posted: October 6, 2010 by clairer in God's Faithfulness, Trusting God

About a week ago, I returned to my dorm room after spending the weekend at home with my family.  I had enjoyed my time with them, but of course, I hadn’t worked on any school.  After grabbing a couple of textbooks off my desk, I flipped open my laptop in order to get some of that much-needed homework done.  If there was one thing I didn’t need to happen right then, it was for my computer to crash.  Completely.   As in, crash to the point that the computer will not run at all (even in safe mode).   But, that’s exactly what happened.  When I needed my computer the most, it failed me.

In today’s technological age, I’m not the only one who is depending so heavily on machinery (especially computers and the internet).  I’m not the only one who has had a computer crash while needing to do homework.  I’m not the only one who has ever had an entire essay deleted in an instant because the computer shut down randomly.  I’m not the only person to have to go computer-less for nearly a week while the computer decides whether or not it’s going to revive itself.  In fact, in our culture today, we have come to depend very heavily on technology.  And, we’re still discovering that, as good and helpful as it is, technology simply isn’t reliable.

But as I’ve been mediating on the failings and unreliability of technology this past week, I have become increasingly thankful for one thing.  We may not be able to depend on computers, but we serve a dependable God.

Unlike my computer, God isn’t fickle.  He isn’t going to abandon us when we need Him most.  I needed my computer this past week, but even more than that, I needed God.  I needed my computer to help me finish a research paper, but I needed God to give me strength when I was up late trying to get my computer to work.  I needed His comfort when I received some less-than-favorable news about certain assignments.  I needed His joy in my frustration as I had to creatively try to work around not having a computer.

God promised to fulfill all of these needs.  In the Bible, time and time again, God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  He promised to comfort me (“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” – Isaiah 66:13).  He promised to turn my “mourning into gladness” and to  give me  “comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”  And not only did He promise this, but He was faithful to do exactly what He said He would.

I love how we serve a God who is so faithful.  Can you imagine serving a God who wasn’t dependable?  What would it be like to serve a God who was only there “some of the time?”  What if we prayed to God and didn’t know if our prayers “got through?”  Or even worse, what if we prayed to God and He simply decided that He just didn’t feel like answering that prayer?  What if we needed God, but He decided to take the day off? What if we trusted in God’s promises to always be there, but he wasn’t reliable and we couldn’t count on those promises?  I thought I was pretty depressed at the unreliability of my computer, but this would be infinitely worse.  Without a dependable God, life would be hopeless.

But thankfully, we serve a God who is always there for us…Who never leaves us…Who fulfills His all promises…Who always hears us and always answers our prayers.  Our God is faithful.  Our God is reliable.  And, yes, He’s even infinitely more dependable than my new MacBook.