We live in a day and age where the phone is always at hand; it is literally attached to us. It has the amazing ability to “speak” to us through text, facebook, snapchat, instagram, twitter, etc. (Oh yea, sometimes we actually talk to someone on it.) Does it ever stop?! I was telling a young teenage friend of mine that if not careful, this gadget can take the place of God’s Word in dictating our thoughts, emotions, and actions.
When comparing the phone and the bible, here are some questions to answer:
1. Which one is full of complete truth? Which one sometimes holds half-truths and mixed messages?
2. Which one will NEVER fail you, and brings great peace to your heart? Which one sometimes lets you down, and creates confusion, jealousy, or even anger?
3. Which one makes you both secure and mature in who you are and how God made you? Which one sometimes causes you to question yourself and how your are wired?
4. If you were asked to put one of these objects down for a couple of days, which one would make you feel anxious to let go of?
I challenged my young friend to answer these questions honestly, and then to put up boundaries where needed in this high tech world. Realize, the bible is God’s communication “gadget” and His words are full of hope and truth:
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:7-8
Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
May His word be your lifeline…always at hand, and literally attached to you.