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Zoom Can't Beat That!

Friday - July 24th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Hebrews 4:14-16

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:33-37


Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14

According to Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Zoom began as a recurring daydream to solve a communication problem in his life. The concept of a video conferencing application began before he even knew of the internet. It all started when he was a freshman at Shandong University of Science and Technology in China. While enduring a more than 10-hour train ride from college to visit his girlfriend (now his wife), he would be so exhausted he would fall asleep standing up. Instead of falling over, he was kept upright by the tightly-packed crowd of passengers around him.

Yuan detested those standing-only, 10-hour train rides. He spent a lot of time imagining other ways he could visit his girlfriend without traveling. He would eventually create Zoom from those daydreams. Now millions (possibly 100 million world-wide) use Zoom to communicate with others. While the platform is mostly used by businesses, friends and families have also used it to keep up with each other. A few years ago, Yuan expressed how satisfied he was that boyfriends around the world can now have face-to-face conversations with their girlfriends without traveling long distances in terrible conditions.

Most of us have been a part of a Zoom call for one reason or another. Businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations have turned to Zoom as their primary tool of team communication during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of users grew so fast at the beginning of the crisis that many bad actors found vulnerabilities with Zoom and used them to disrupt Zoom meetings in one way or another. Zoom responded quickly by enhancing their software's security. Of course, their competitors took advantage of Zoom's lousy press and captured several of their former customers. However, Zoom still stands as a primary means of communication in our world.

While Yuan's creation has helped human beings connect with each other from any place on the planet, it still pales compared to prayer. According to Hebrews chapter four, because of Jesus and what He did for us on the cross, we can boldly enter God's presence via prayer. A careful read of the Old Testament teaches us that men and women are separated from God by our sin. Without forgiveness, we cannot connect and communicate with God. The temple, the priests, the laws, and the sacrifices all pointed to our separation from God by sin. All of these holy hurdles were designed to point out our need for a redeemer sent by God Himself. Jesus came to us as that redeemer.

What Jesus did on the cross makes it possible for all of us to talk to God confidently. Jesus provided the way for us to access our Maker. The Book of Hebrews tells us that we can confidently and boldly enter into the very throne room of Heaven because of Jesus. We are not, and never will be denied access ever again. Take the time to thank God for your access. Thank Him for the gift of prayer. What an incredible gift from our God! We can talk to the very Creator of the universe and He cares about us! Zoom can't beat that!

Remember, because of Jesus, you do not have to shy away from God. You can come boldly to Him in prayer!


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