What Happens in the Fishbowl, Stays in the Fishbowl

In our world of instant communication, many people–particularly (but not limited to) young people–feel the need to be constantly connected to others.  Unfortunately, many are finding that the sharing of deeply personal thoughts or revealing photos online with one or two people almost always reaches more than those one or two close friends.  And many of those who then get that information do not always have the sender’s best interests in mind.  If that weren’t bad enough, that information will now be out there forever.  The internet never forgets.

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With God, we don’t have to search for a private link–one that no one can hack into or share against our wishes. In fact, that link is always there.  We don’t even have to consciously make the connection.  God is aware of all our actions, our words, and our thoughts–ones we might not even be aware of yet.  And He doesn’t need the Internet, Facebook, a computer, a tablet, or a phone to stay up-to-date.  While we’re busy rationalizing the things we say and do, God cuts straight to our hearts and see our intents.

Best of all, God does not accumulate long lists of our sins. In fact, Micah, an Old Testament prophet wrote, Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.  (Micah 7:18-19)  And the psalmist, David, wrote, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)  If that’s not enough, David’s Psalm 139:8 reminds us, If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

So, no matter what we do, think or say and no matter where we are, God is always there and never gives up on us.  That’s the connection that we’re all looking for and that we all need.  No amount of instant technological gimmicks can ever top that.