Most of us have had a conversation where the conversation suddenly ended because we or the other person Hung Up. One party or the other raised the level of hostility and “poof”: the call is terminated. Maybe it’s a friend or family member. We stopped talking to each other and now we were just talking past each other. Suddenly the line goes totally quiet and it is not because we hit a “bad zone”. How do you come back from that?? How do you open a Conversation when communication was cut off? Oftentimes when people have hung-up once, they just continue to hang-up by using their caller-ID. How sad; and the Time flies bye -bye…
Have any of you ever Hung-Up on God? How do you come back from that? That Line should be buzzing all the time: Request and Praises making their way to the Throne room while the Holy Spirit translates for us the treasured message of God’s Word. But “No”, God seriously “disappointed” us; God seemed to go silent, so we “hung up”- on God. How do you come back from THAT? It makes about as much sense as Blocking both incoming and outgoing 911 calls on a phone.
When I read the life of David in 1 and 2 Samuel/1 Chronicles and then read the prayers of David as recorded in the Psalms, I am reminded of a guy who kept an “open-line” conversation with God going all the time. David sees miraculous victories like the one over Goliath- he writes God a Psalm of praise. He is betrayed by Saul or Doeg – he writes a prayer for deliverance plus praise that God is his Refuge. He suffers the consequences of his adultery with Bathsheba- he writes a Psalm of repentance and restoration. He is left alone even by his own army- he writes a psalm about leaning on God alone. In fact, the only time he “hung up” was while he was trying to live in the denial of his sin and guilt. Listen to what he says in Psalm32:3, “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.” David could not stand the silence that existed between him and God. How about you? Have we actually gotten used to the silence? Or just learned to drown it out with the rest of the noise of life?
When David’s young new born had died, David got up from the ground, washed his face, ate some food, and worshipped the Lord (2 Samuel 12). When David’s sinful counting and trusting in his army caused God to send a plague on Israel, David cried out to God and made a special sacrifice to God that stopped the plague (1 Chronicles 21).
Where many of us would have “hung up” on God, David hung-in because he knew that God alone could uphold him. Where many of us would hang-up in fear, David called out. Where others would conclude that the subject was closed, David would bring it up again because God is always the One who gets Final Word.
The only way to come back from a “hang-up” is to make a Call. Same with God! The amazing thing is that He Keeps the Line Open! In fact, if you are a Believer, you have a direct line from the Holy Spirit in your heart that runs straight into the Throne Room of Heaven and is answered by our Intercessor Jesus Christ!
PICK UP THE PHONE!!
Pastor Stephen Willoughby
Pastor Steve grew up in Columbia,South America, where his parents served as missionaries for 25 years. After graduating from Capital Bible Seminary, he was invited to serve as Assistant Pastor at FBCP. He has served in that capacity for twenty years before taking on the position of Senior Pastor.