My husband is on a cell phone contract without a device. It is a data only package. Although he has more than 9GB data, he has been unable to access it. This was a problem today when we were out and about. He had collected a shoe from a cobbler for a friend and was unable to send a WhatsApp message to his friend. We decided it was time to go to Cell C and ask for their help, especially since we will be going on holiday in our motorhome in just over two weeks and we are counting on having his data to connect to the internet as caravan parks have limited if any Wi-Fi signal for campers.
The friendly Cell C consultant was very helpful. She adjusted the settings but then picked up that there might be a problem with the sim card. In other words, the phone was not connecting because there was a problem with its heart.
Isn’t this a typically human problem? We can’t connect to God because of a heart issue. We have been created with so much potential but we can’t access it. We seem powerless to be able to do the things we know are right and end up doing things we don’t want to do.
Paul puts it thus. “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate.” (Romans 7:15 NLT)
We need a sim swap. A new heart. It is not something we can do ourselves. We need to go to God, our maker. He promises, “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take our your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NLT)
Lord, Romans 7:15 describes me exactly. It is not that I do not know what is right. I’ve been a Christian long enough to have a pretty good idea. It is just that I don’t do it. I seem powerless to live Your way. Please give me a sim swap. Take out my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh, powered by Your Spirit to will and to do Your good pleasure. Amen.