Turn Off the Screens, Turn TO the Word
I read an article this morning about how desperately the Massachusetts colonists fought to get the Bible in English in to the hands of each person in the colony, and how desperately they fought for literacy so that each person could read the Bible for his or her self. The author was amazed at how so few people actually open the Bible and read it for themselves, even if they owned several copies, and had it on their phone. I read a completely different article that said 82% of Christians are plugged in to Facebook, 34% read the Bible on their phones, and 32% pick up a physical bible and read. I read this on the day I resolved to get up before everyone else, and make a personal appointment with God and my Bible. What do you think God was telling me?
Like many reading this, I also have a Bible on my phone. I even have a reading plan I use. Yet I will say I don't read my Bible on my phone. Why? Because I get distracted by the notifications. I intend to check something, and waste 15 minutes going through everything else. There's apps, and games, and various social media, and so many other things...it's easy to get lost for time when I intend to spend that time with God. Believers, we need to get back in to the word. I think the Phone is nice, devotionals are great, whether on an app or physically, but nothing can replace approaching a Holy Time alone with the Father through prayer and His word. When was the last time you silenced every voice that wasn't His? When was the last time you were still? It's time we spend less time on our screens and more time in the Word. If we were in God's Word, we would know God's will. As it is, I see more believing friends of mine alerted, alarmed, and distracted by the world. The Word of God can transform you, the world and its words will deform you. Man's opinion will lead you one way, while God's word will lead you toward His Son. Choose wisely. 2 Timothy 3: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.