MAGNA DEVOTION: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

In our generation today, technology mostly dominate our lives. The way we think, act, feel, and say are all influenced by the technology of the modern world.

 Most of the people already have “Nomophobia” or fear of being away from his/her phone. Adults aged 18-24 years old already have this fear, to the point that they are willing to sacrifice their personal lives (privacy), relationships with their families, even their spiritual lives, in exchange for updating their social media connections, watching the latest YouTube updates of their favorite celebrities, and watching reruns of their favorite movies or TV series. We oftentimes forget to acknowledge that our physical body and soul need rest. After all, even God rested on the seventh day, why can’t we?
Hebrews 4:9-11 tells us that “This shows that the seventh-day rest for God’s people is still to come. God rested after He finished His work. So everyone who enters God’s place of rest will also have rest from their own work just as God did. So let us try as hard as we can to enter God’s place of rest. We must try hard so that none of us will be lost by following the example of those who refused to obey God.” We have a special rest in Christ. Just as our God took the time off to rest, we must also seek Him so our souls, however restless they may be, find solace and peace next to Him.

A lot of us would ask, How do we find rest?
1.    Be still. When something happens, don’t panic. Be the “eye in the storm”, clear your mind and stay focused. No problems are resolved straightaway, it takes a clear mind and focus to get to the problem in order to find the best solution. The more panicked a person is, the more clouded his decisions may be. Our God assures us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
2.    Make a plan. When faced with problems, analyze it first, then concentrate on finding the solutions instead of wallowing on the problem. Most of the time, “Wise people always think before they do anything, but fools show how stupid they are by what they do.” (Proverbs 13:16)
3.    Savor God’s promise. At the end of the day, no matter how tiring our day may be, we can always lean on to this particular promise from God: “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.” (Matthew 11:28-29) It’s a simple way of Him telling us that He is behind us, guiding us all throughout the journey we are currently experiencing. When we successfully hurdle the problems with His help, we can pat our backs and happily commend ourselves in facing the problems with God on our side.
4.    Turn your storm into worship. “Then Noah built an altar to honor the Lord. Noah took some of all the clean birds and some of all the clean animals and burned them on the altar as a gift to God.” (Genesis 8:20) When God gave Noah his biggest challenge, to build an ark enough to fit a pair of every living creature on Earth, Noah at first doubted himself on the task. But his faith overcame his doubts and took God’s challenge. In time, Noah was able to finish the undertaking, and took the time to thank God by doing what is pleasing to God.
Much like what we are today in every hardships and struggles, we can now continue to face those problems upright, knowing that God will not give us problems us to fail, instead, he gave us those for us to face it with Him on our side and get out of it triumphantly as He expects us to be.