Communication

July 25, 2012

Communication

For us older folks it’s staggering to think of the advancements that have been made in our ability to communicate with one another.  When I was a child we only had two means of communication.  One was by means of a letter that would most often take a week to get to its destination.  That meant that we might have to wait for two weeks to get a reply.

The other option was by telephone.  That was done by means of a wooden box mounted on the wall.  Inside the box was the apparatus that made it work plus two tall round batteries that had to be replace every two or three months.  On one side of the box there was a crank.  On the other side hung what was call the receiver.  It had a cable on it about two feet long.  We held it up to our ear to hear.  We spoke into what was called the mouth piece that extended from the center of the box.  Every neighbor had a signal.  Ours was two longs and a short.  That meant if someone wanted to call us they had to turn the crank on their phone two full revolutions with a stop between each revolution.  That was followed by giving the crank another half turn.  If we wanted to call someone who wasn’t on our line we had to call the central operator in town.  His or her signal was two revolutions of the crank without stopping.  The central operator had ear phones over her ears.  She (it was usually a woman) sat in front of a long control board.  By means of cables she could connect us with the person we wanted to talk to.

Some time between 1950 and 1960 we were able to replace the box on the wall with a little plastic box.  We could then call directly to anyone without going through the central operator.  Even that was far removed from the cellular telephones we carry with us today.

The letters we sent in the mail in my childhood are now called “snail mail.” They reach their destination much faster now, but they are still antiquated by e-mail.  We can now send letters anywhere in the world almost instantly.  Will there still be more advancements?  Twenty years ago we thought it couldn’t get any better; but it did!

All these advancements have facilitated communication between us human beings, but there hasn’t been any improvement in our communication with God.  The truth is that there is no need of improving our communication with God.  It was perfect from the beginning.  Our communication with God is by prayer.  No electronic circuits are needed.  There has been no need to update Jeremiah 33:3.  “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  There are some unfortunate people who don’t know how to read or write.  Not everyone knows how to use a telephone.  No one, however, is so disadvantaged that he can’t communicate with God.

We can, and we should, be in communication with God.  Luke 18:1 says “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”  We should pray because of what we can receive from God.  Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  Prayer also opens the fountains of the joy of life and gives us more reason for living.  John 16:24 says “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

Are you one of those who hitherto have asked nothing?  If so, you need to discover the glorious power of prayer.  There are believers whose economic situation doesn’t permit them to have a computer with access to e-mail.  Some don’t even have a land line or a cell phone.  Thanks to God, even they have access to God in prayer.  Don’t go on neglecting the power of prayer.  It can make you spiritually rich.

 

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