I have a confession to make.
I used to despise Apple products.
I mean I was really, really vocal about it to the point I annoyed myself. I literally would got out of my way to buy any Microsoft product or anti-Apple product possible. It got so bad that I even owned a Zune.
Its ok…my therapy is helping.
The slippery slope to my Apple conversion happened almost over night when my work switched me to a MacBook. It didn’t take long for my wife and I to make a full switch to Apple and we wont be going out to the other guys.
There was one product that convinced us both more than anything. The iPhone.
As my wife said, “It is the first phone I actually love because it does exactly what you want it to do in such a basic and easy way.” I couldn’t agree more. From setting up the voicemail to even adding a contact it seemed to almost read your mind as you were thinking “boy I wish I could do this.” and then Whamo! there it was.
So as our Apple Logo tattoos dry (joking) we are here to say that we are firmly planted in the Apple family and couldn’t be happier.
When I stopped and thought about it a lot of people want God to be like their iPhone.
We want a god that will do what we want when we want it in the most basic of ways so we don’t have to do much on our own. We also want a god that when he seems out of date we just upgrade to a new version and boom “IOS god 6” is in our life.
I wish I could say I was immune to this desire but sadly I’m not. I too have those thoughts of “God I wish You just did this…” as I secretly think I have a better way than Him.
As Christians, our God does not give us those customizable options with Him. As God told Moses at the burning bush, “I AM WHO I AM” and for us that needs to be enough. We see throughout Scripture evidence that God is consistent, unchanging, unwavering, and not a moldable God.
“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
“Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.” - Psalm 119:142
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.” - Isaiah 55:8.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” - Revelation 1:8
We are so blessed to have a God that wants to call us sons and daughters. Our God is full of unconditional love, mercy, and grace towards His children. He knows our suffering, pain, fears, desires, but yet has a perfect plan for each us that rests firmly in His will. THAT is our God.
However what He is not is iGod.
He’s not a god that we can upgrade or downgrade so we don’t have do the hard parts of forgiveness or pursue holiness. He doesn’t let us download an app that let’s us keep living our life of sin but yet still call Him Father. He doesn’t waiver with the popular political parties agenda or to the cultural buzz so he remains “relevant”.
That is not the God of the Bible but a god the world has created and shrouded in a haze of spirituality to make him “look” holy. Following this god will lead only to separation from the true God. A life of frustration and pain as the god you serve constantly changes with the winds. There is no stability or faith to be found in this god.
So my friends find your strength in the God that is jealous for you and your affection. Place your full weight into the God the created all you see and has a plan for you beyond what you can ever imagine. He desperately loves you and THAT will never change.
Enjoy your iPhone, but don’t get caught up in the fad of iGod. That fad always gets poor reviews in the end.