A Christian radio station I listen to, K-LOVE, is running a contest where the tenth person to call the studio is registered to win a prize.
We all know the drill, we have all heard similar contests hundreds of times…
Interesting thing, and something I have never heard before, is that the tenth caller this morning believed he had a wrong number and hung up.
The hosts were a little surprised but the show went on, the next call was answered, the caller was registered, and the station was back to music before I got to work.
Objectively this is a rather uninteresting story but it did get me thinking.
When I was a non-believer I liked to believe that I rarely thought about God because I “knew” He didn’t exist, that the whole concept of God and religion was a waste of time, and that I didn’t really care.
Truthfully my lack of belief was, even though I referred to myself as confident atheist, a lie because the “non-existent God” weighed heavily on my thoughts nearly constantly.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, God was on my mind because He was calling out to me, wanting me to know Him, and wanting me to be in a relationship with Him.
If you are reading this, and you are like I was, you need to know that God created us with the intention that we would chose to know Him, that He wants us to know Him, and that He calls out to us by placing the proof of his existence squarely before us in everything we see.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
– Romans 1:20
Since I couldn’t escape thinking about the possibility of God or continue to ignore His constant calls I finally, and reluctantly, “answered the phone”.
The day I chose to acknowledge God’s existence and take His call, our conversation began with, “Ok, if you’ll stop bugging me…I’ll talk.
I have since learned that I am not the only one who has had a similar experience.
Noted Christian apologist and author, C.S. Lewis, said he remembered, “…night after night, feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England.”
Great news is that the former dejected and reluctant Lewis was so amazed by God’s love for him that he went on to write a book titled, Surprised by Joy” as direct result of simply answering God’s call.
Great news for you is that you can begin writing the first chapter of your own Surprised by Joy story, and you can begin today.
All you have to do is answer the call.
The phone is ringing right now.
It is not a wrong number.
Do not ignore it.
“Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them; because I spoke to them but they did not listen, and I have called them but they did not answer.'”
– Jeremiah 35:17
“So I will choose their punishments and will bring on them what they dread because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen and they did evil in my sight and chose that in which I did not delight.”
– Isaiah 66:4