There are so many resources at our fingertips. Endless blogs on the internet that can instruct us to cook in various ways such as vegan, paleo – and more. There are so many self-help books and websites where we can look up anything from A-Z. And, there are many religious apps on our iphones – where we can get a verse of the day or a Bible study on our convenient handheld devices.
With all this information – readily available, I suppose we should feel comforted; yet, often, it makes me feel the opposite way – a little overwhelmed. While there is nothing wrong with websites that better us as an individual, I find myself thinking – what ever happened to the day, where I just sat in a quiet room with candles lit, Bible opened, positive music playing and a notebook in hand and said, ‘God speak to me.’ Those were the times that my heart was stirred and truly spoken to by the LORD. Those were the times, I cried from my gut and felt his power at work in my life.
Somehow with all the blossoming technology – that connection is easily lost. It’s effortless to scroll through Instagram pictures, tune in to a self-help podcast, scroll through infinite blogs or let that ‘verse of the day’ suffice as your Word of the Day. We are easily distracted (myself included) by these social media sites. However, it’s been researched and reported that often these sites are linked to feelings of depression and feelings of hopelessness.
In a world of instant media, news and communication – it’s hard to tune out the influences online that magically draw us in for more and more. Like potato chips, its hard to just eat one chip – out of that great big bag.
Yet, don’t we long for something better for ourselves?
Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master. – Christian Lous Lange
My heart truly longs for the serene setting once again – where its just me and God – and not me, God and the computer/iphone.
May we challenge ourselves to drain out the distractions and try to go to a quiet place every day to truly reflect on our Savior’s goodness. We needn’t feel inadequate if we can’t find that exact scripture we are looking for – for our LORD equips us with all that we need.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. – 2 Peter 1: 3
May we open our Bibles unaided and search for the jewels in his Words. May we only grow dependent on our God – and not an online tool. I pray we let God speak to our hearts and pray that our ears will be opened to receive his kind instruction and guidance.