I couldn’t stop playing with it. A quick flick of my wrist and the watch face lit up. The facade showed me the time, date, next calendar event, the weather, even the number of steps I had taken that day. Oh yes! It was my first smartwatch and I was loving it.
One of the touted new features was the ability to call upon a digital assistant, embedded into the watch, by speaking its name. It was so Dick Tracy! I called the assistant, expecting her pleasant voice to respond, but nothing. I tried again and again, but she continued to ignore me. Perhaps she didn’t hear me? I held the watch closer, still no reply. Since it was only the first day of ownership, I decided to restart the watch and reload the software operating system. A few minutes later, I experienced the same result. It was time for tech support, I groaned.
Reluctantly, I called the support line. After a few minutes with the support personnel, it was clear that my problem was more complex than I initially thought. We both agreed that she would consult with the senior engineers and promised to contact me the next day. When she promptly called me the next day, I was surprised by her answer.
“I spoke to the senior engineers. It seems you are not the only person experiencing this. Would you be willing to help us collect some data about your watch?”
“What would I have to do?” I was hopeful this could be done in a few minutes.
“We will have to do another session and have you download some diagnostic software. This will allow our engineers to precisely determine where the problem is occurring. I’m afraid it will take about 45 minutes.”
“No, that’s fine. I was about to return the watch and exchange if for a new one but now I realize that it may not solve the problem.” I sighed and said, “Sure, let’s do this. Thank you.”
“No, thank YOU.” she gushed. “You’re part of the solution!”
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalms 51:17 (ESV)
Broken, damaged, or malfunctioning devices are all used to improve a product and perfect it. It sounds a bit like how God works in my life and other believers. We are all broken by sin. If we were to remain in this forlorn state, we would wallow in self-pity, helpless to lift ourselves or others out from the morass. Unlike my watch, God knows what the problem is and has provided the solution. God took the initiative and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect sinless life on this earth, nearly two thousand years ago. Jesus died on the Cross and was resurrected three days later, conquering death. All who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can also enter into salvation and have eternal life.
God is not a part of my solution, He is my complete solution to life. God desires everyone to accept His solution for your life by confessing and repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.