BY: Lynne Dyer
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BIBLE TEXT: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3: 5-6, NIV
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I confess I am a Google junkie. Having information at my fingertips makes me feel smart and empowered. Thanks to WebMD, I know more than my doctor; at least I think I do. I can figure out what color the dress is with a few keystrokes (or can I?). IMBD tells me that Pharrell Williams is much older than I would have ever guessed. (He looks like he is in his late twenties at the most.)
As much as I enjoy the knowledge the Internet gives me, I find it can be quite detrimental to my spiritual life. I start to trust what I discover online and figure out for myself instead of what God tells me in His Word.
Certainly, God has gifted humans with the power to reason and question. In fact, we are His only creations given that power. I believe He finds joy as we discover the mysteries of His earth. He doesn’t find joy, though, when we rely on our minds without the covering of His Holy Spirit. He is pretty specific when He tells us we should NOT “rely on our own understanding.” Instead we are to rely on Him to “direct our paths.”
The balance I believe He wants for us is difficult to achieve in this day and age. The Information Highway is just too accessible. Thankfully, God is even more accessible. We can pray any time. We can ponder Scripture we have memorized. We can read our Bibles even when the Internet is down because surely we still have a hard copy lying around somewhere. If we seek God’s information first, then the information we find on Google will be in proper balance. WebMD may tell me that my sick loved one has only a small chance of recovery, but God is bigger than statistics. He can heal if He chooses to despite all odds. The Internet may be the biggest invention of my lifetime, but God is still bigger.
So. Much. Bigger.
PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for giving me the ability to think and reason. Thank you also for putting your Holy Spirit in me so I won’t lose focus when I am surrounded by so much information. Help me to always temper everything I learn or discover with your Holy insight. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne is wife to Ronnie, mother to Rachel and Matthew, stepmother to Ginger, grandmother to Sarah-Beth, TJ, and Carson, and fur-mom to Jake and Nala. She is employed as a project manager for Resource Recovery Consultants. Her favorite activity is spending time with family and friends.