Nomophobia

Read: Isaiah 41

If your not aware of what Nomophobia is then the title of today’s meditation probably caught your attention. I was not aware of it until I read an article in the Champaign News-Gazette newspaper last week. Nomophobia is the fear of being without your smartphone, that is if you have one. It was confirmation that we as humans have become way to reliant on those little machines of technological genius.

I use my smartphone a lot and I love the many ways it allows me to stay in touch with people and keep up on things such as my schedule, emails, breaking news, sports scores, etc. (the list could be endless because the new Samsung Galaxy S5 can now even tell you your current heart rate) But to have fear of it not being by my side at all times seems a bit compulsive.

This meditation however is not about smartphones, it is about the ways that we too often allow fear to rule our days and how our dependence on worldly things can sometimes take us away from focusing on the things that are truly important. Simon Hill in an Android Authority article said, “The Morningside Recovery Center in California is a drug and alcohol recovery facility, but it has added nomophobia to its list of conditions treated. It is placing mobile phone addiction on a par with alcohol and drug addiction in terms of the powerful dependence people can build up and the fact that they may need help to overcome it.”

In Isaiah 41 we read of God’s presence with us and his protection over his people. It provides us with great counsel about why those who follow God and believe in Christ have no need to worry, fear, or even become obsessed over things of this world. Verse 10 says, “So do not fear, I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

There are many phobias out there, apparently we have added yet another one with our smartphones. The reminder of Isaiah 41 is that the Lord can help us to overcome any kind of worldly fear or addiction if we turn to him and rely on his peace and his contentment to reign in our hearts and in our lives. We are surrounded by much of the bad news that goes on in our world and our smartphones often makes that news even more accessible.

Make it Personal: We can allow that news or other things in our life to promote fear or we can trust in the Lord and place those things in his hands. Nomophobia may be the newest defined fear we have, but we must remember the oldest and most faithful promise that God’s Word continuously reminds us of, “Do not fear, I am with you!” Let’s become obsessed with Christ and his benefits, not our technology or the fear of being without it!

Blessings, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church