Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Your Handy Mobile

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

17th October 2010

One of the great technological advancements of the last 40 years is the mobile phone.

Martin Cooper a Motorola researcher and executive is considered to be the inventor of the first practical mobile phone for hand-held use in a non-vehicle setting, after a long race against Bell Labs for the first portable mobile phone.

Using a portable handset weighing in at two kilos, Cooper made the first call on a hand-held mobile phone on 3rd April, 1973 to his rival, Dr. Joel Engel of Bell Labs.

The first commercially automated cellular network was launched in Japan by NTT in 1979, initially in the metropolitan area of Tokyo. Within five years, the NTT network had been expanded to cover the whole population of Japan and became the first nation-wide network.

In 1981, a system was launched in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, followed by a launch of a system in the USA and the UK in the early 1980s.

By 1990, 12.4 million people worldwide had mobile phone subscriptions, and by the end of 2009, only 20 years later, the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide reached approximately 4.6 billion, 300 times the 1990 number.

Now the mobile phone has penetrated all around the world, even in the poorest developing countries.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our mobile phone?

  • What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
  • What if we flipped through it several times a day?
  • What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
  • What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
  • What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
  • What if we gave it to our kids as gifts?
  • What if we used it when we travelled?
  • What if we used it in case of emergency?
  • What if we were concerned that it is was in the hands of billions of people worldwide?

Maybe this should make us think… “where are my priorities...and where is my Bible?”

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our mobile phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

In some parts of the world a mobile phone is called a ‘handy’ – Wouldn’t it be good if our Bible was always on hand?

Have a good week with your handy mobile.

Pastor Barry

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