The fear of being disconnected from God can be worse than the fear of being disconnected from our cell phones.
By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, Editor, CQ Bible Study Guide
Have you recently experienced panic attacks, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, sweating, accelerated heart rate, chest pain, and nausea?1 Did these symptoms happen to occur at the same time you realized you couldn’t find your cell phone? Then perhaps you suffer from nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia)2—“the fear of being without mobile phone contact.”3 According to one study, people between the ages of 18-34 are more likely to be nomophobic, and the level of nomophobia over the past four years has increased from 50 percent to 66 percent.4
When so much of the information we depend upon is stored on one mobile device, and when that device is suddenly no longer available, the fear of being disconnected can be alarming on many different levels. So to protect yourself from this fear, consider doing the following: (1) On a regular basis, back up your address book on another mobile phone, SIM card, or computer. (2) Be sure to charge your phone’s battery before you leave home or keep an extra battery or battery charger at work. (3) Before traveling overseas, be sure your mobile service provider can send and receive calls to the countries you’ll be visiting. (4) Personalize your voicemail message in case you ever find yourself in an area with poor reception. Callers are more willing to leave a message if they know they’ve actually contacted the person with whom they wish to speak.5
For Christians, the fear of being disconnected from God can be worse than the fear of being disconnected from our cell phones. Symptoms of this spiritual disconnect include infrequent prayer and Bible study, and living by the letter of the law rather than keeping the law by faith. To protect ourselves from this fear and its symptoms, consider the following: (1) “Unceasing prayer is the unbroken union of the soul with God, so that life from God flows into our life; and from our life, purity and holiness flow back to God.”6 (2) “Study God’s word prayerfully. That word presents before you, in the law of God and the life of Christ, the great principles of holiness, without which ‘no man shall the see the Lord.’ Hebrews 12:14. It convinces of sin; it plainly reveals the way of salvation. Give heed to it as the voice of God speaking to your soul.”7 (3) “Know that [Jesus] appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning” (1 John 3:5, 6, NIV). (4) Personalize your relationship with God. After all, “ ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows’ ” (Luke 12:6, 7, NIV).
1. AllAboutCounseling. “Nomophobia,” http://www.allaboutcounseling.com/library/nomophobia (accessed February 28, 2012).
2. The Inquisitr. “Nomophobia on the Rise: Half the Population Afraid of Being Without a Cellphone,” http://www.inquisitr.com/196149/nomophobia-on-the-rise-half-the-population-afraid-of-being-without-a-cellphone/ (accessed February 28, 2012).
3. The Inquisitr. “Nomophobia,” http://www.inquisitr.com/196149/nomophobia-on-the-rise-half-the-population-afraid-of-being-without-a-cellphone/ (accessed February 28, 2012).
5. Nomophobia. “Top Tips for Avoiding Loss of Mobil Contact,” http://www.nomophobia.com (accessed February 28, 2012).
6. Steps to Christ, p. 98.
7. Ibid., p. 35.