Without Question, we are living a bold new world. A world of instantaneous information, instant awareness of world events, and instant technological gratification. Although technology has its uses, like many other things in contemporary life, technology also has various adverse effects. I can still remember the days when it seemed as if people were spending much more time in their bibles than in their cell phones especially before the emergence of the smart phone. It certainly seems as if personal bible study has come under increasingly complex times. The big question for us is, “are we neglecting the bible in our own personal time?” The reason this is so important is because neglecting our bibles is the same as neglecting our souls. We cannot nurture our souls if we do not nurture them with the word of God. But in a world of utter chaos politically, instability internationally and disinterested spirituality; do we take God serious and thus do we make time for God? To help put things in perspective further, David Well’s writes:
“Ours is a day in which information about the world – about wars, tragedies, suffering, and hatreds- is instantaneous and simultaneous. We’re becoming knowledgeable, through TV and Internet, of everything of significance that happens. And a whole lot of what is entirely insignificant, too! This raises in our minds some interesting questions. Given the awful cruelties that go on in the world, does God really care about our own private, comparatively small peccadilloes? Does he get bent out of shape by a little moment of deceit here or there when we are simply trying to avoid embarrassment? Is it so terrible to tell a lie if there is no malice? How about a sexual weakness that we cannot resist? Or a little self-promotion that drifts loose of the facts? Does he obsess over these private failures? Does he really care? Or is he large and generous and does he overlook what we were powerless to change? Is he not more preoccupied with cheering us on than with condemning us? This, too, is where our culture wants to take us.”((((David F. Wells, God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love or God Reorients our World (Wheaton IL: Crossway Books, 2014) 20. )
Regardless however of society’s global instabilities, God calls His people to stay constant in their devotion to Him and to His Word (Ps. 1.1-3). We simply cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the world’s disorder as we orient our lives around the living God. When God calls a person to himself for salvation He calls them to communion with God (1 Cor. 1.9), to worship Him (John 4.24), to obey Him (Rom. 6.17), to follow Him (Gen. 48.15), and to stay fixed on the Son of God (Heb. 12.1-3) and serve Him without unnecessary distraction (1 Cor. 7.29-35; 2 Cor. 11.3). What we must do is ask ourselves what distractions we want to eliminate in our lives in order to maximize our communion with God and avoid living a life or unredeemed time (Eph. 5.16). As the world’s woes continue to increase, and life’s uncertainties continue to mount, we have the joy-producing hope of God’s sovereign purpose (Eph. 1.11). That alone should still our hearts to recognize His majesty and supremacy over all things.
Soli Deo Gloria
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.