Can you imagine a time in history when mobile telephony was nonexistent? How did we make it? It must have been an arduous life.
History tells us that our ancestors used to communicate by lighting fires, drumming, and even by the use of homing pigeons. I wonder what will happen if our generation was to be taken back into the Twelfth Century; possibly with a fantastic super rocket. Sounds fabulous! It only happens in novels, films and fantasy television series.
Life could be a nightmare for some of us if such a thing were possible. What about those who lived decades, or centuries ago! Can you imagine the kind of confusion they will have if they were to resurrect? If King Alfred of Wessex were to resurrect, he would be utterly dumbfounded. In fact, he would conclude that the level of our witchcraft is on another level and probably sentence all of us to hang. The privileges we enjoy nowadays, courtesy of technology are colossal.
Have you ever had a smartphone that kept falling until it was so damaged that one wonders if you have had it for ten years? Years back, I had a phone that dropped so many times until the technician told me to get a new one. It was sad, but I had to find a replacement as fast as possible lest I find myself shut out of the modern world. The new phone served me well. It performed its functions to my joy and satisfaction.
Purpose is paramount
Most of us have mobile phones. In contemporary society, these gizmos are vitally essential. We use them to send text messages, make calls, access the internet, watch videos, listen to music and many more activities. These phones serve the purpose they were manufactured to achieve. They only fail when and if there is a technical setback.
I love reading George Burns quotes. He was an out of the ordinary American clown. He once said that he woke up every morning and read the obituary column. If he found that his name was not listed in the obituaries, he would proceed to eat his breakfast. The late American Statesman, and polymath, Benjamin Franklin put it this way, “I wake up every morning at nine and grab the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.”
What is our purpose on earth? Is there any reason for existence outside us? The Book of Jeremiah 1:5 says,
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
From this verse, it plain that we exist for a reason beyond ourselves. There is a purpose we are to complete in this life. Just like mobile phones, God created us to fulfil a specific purpose. We don’t wake up to a new day and stay the whole day lazing in bed. We don’t wake up every morning and then ask people around us what we should be doing. This shows that humans were wired for a reason. Even those of us who subscribe to the philosophy of materialism must wake up each day and carry out a precise assignment.
The manufacturer of a mobile phone knows the reasons why he or she built it. The technological capabilities put into the phone permit it to function with minimal assistance. We only refer to the manual if and when something is terribly wrong. The same way God has created us with all that we need to carry out our purposes.
One of our goals should be to stop asking God to reveal to us what our purposes are, or rather His will. I bet we have been doing that incessantly, and this makes us look confused. We never see anyone in the Bible asking such questions. Instead, we encounter people who read the Scripture and aligned themselves with it. That is how they fulfilled their purposes. Go out and live your purpose. Carry out His will with stubbornness and steadfastness.