The age of technology took the world by storm. The digital population is currently estimated to be at 4.57 billion. In other words, 59% of the global population are active internet users.
The Internet has turned the world into one global village. Something that happens in Australia can get noticed in America in just a matter of seconds. Through the internet, you can easily connect with friends and family across the other side of the planet. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has revealed just how powerful technology can be – when harnessed for the right reasons. But the crisis has also been used to spread more fear than faith. But the word of God is the best antidote for fear and so you ought to spend more time in the word than in watching news.
Are We More Connected or Disconnected?
The irony is, the same technology that makes us more connected also makes us more disconnected. It is not uncommon to see two people eating at a restaurant and instead of engaging in conversation, the two are browsing through their phones. It is no wonder that millennial’s are experts in texting but not very good communicators. Young people spend hours on social media chatting with friends and yet have a hard time making meaningful human connections with people.
Stuck in Technology
Technology has become a huge idol in modern society. We spend too much time on technology and sadly, it is rarely productive time. Most people say they don’t read their Bibles and pray regularly because they are too busy. And yet they are never too busy to be on social media. Anything that makes you too busy for God is an idol. It might be a good idea to just unplug your devices and have a quiet moment without any electronic noise. Switch off your devices and just read your hard-copy Bible without dealing with pop-ups from your bible app.
Jesus would often get away from all disruptions just to have some time alone in prayer.
And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. Luke 22:39
The scripture above says Jesus went to the Mount of Olives as was his custom. That means it was a habit and not just something he did that day because things were hot (he was just about to be crucified). No wonder he handled the issue of crucifixion with inexplicable calmness. If you learn to spend time with God, you will be ready for any challenge that comes your way.
Search Out God’s Word
Instead of wasting time on the internet, use that time to search out God’s word. Yes, the internet is a good resource but the word of God is still the final authority. Don’t allow technology to crowd out God’s presence from your life.
Are you a tech junkie? Can you do without the internet/ mobile devices for a day?
Father in Heaven, I thank you for your infallible and inerrant word. Forgive me for I now realize nothing can substitute its place in my life. I give myself to studying and applying it in my life. Amen.
Blessing to you,
John & Jean