For the month of April, Struggle to Victory is focusing on virtual influences by featuring guest posts, by guest posting on other sites, and by highlighting some of the regular visitors to this blog. Hopefully, you’ll be encouraged, strengthened & challenged by these people as much as I have on a regular basis, people I am proud to say have an impact on my thinking in ways that matter eternally.
Today’s post is by TC Avey, a Christian devoted to God, family and friends. TC is passionate about encouraging Christians to live lives dedicated to Christ as well as helping them understand the importance of preserving our national freedoms through knowledge and love. She blogs at Wisdom of a Fool. You can also follow her on Twitter. Her book, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends, is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon.
Technology is awesome.
It allows us to do a plethora of wonderful things. Yet, it can also become a god.
If we aren’t careful, we can place more trust in gadgets, science, and modern conveniences than we do in the Creator of the World.
Rarely do I think we mean to do this (at least those who profess to be Christian); it just sort of happens…so slowly we don’t even realize it until its roots are deep.
But if one is willing to take a close look in their hearts, they can see this “god” in various ways:
When an emergency happens, what do you do first? Pray or call for help?
When your feelings are hurt, who do you turn to? God’s comfort or man’s distractions?
When your world is on fire, where is your refuge? The Cross or an object/place?
When you’ve reached the bottom of your strength, how do you go on? In Christ’s name or a doctor’s?
An honest review like this will cause most people to say, “OUCH.” I know it does me.
But it’s this type of scrutiny that is needed if one is to get back to the basics in their relationship with Christ.
Back to the Basics is one of the themes in my book, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends.
Life is fast paced.
Technology enables man to do more, be more and have more.
It also provides man with vast understanding, almost limitless access to anything a heart could ever desire, and even extends lifespans.
It showers us with possibilities, helps us to connect with others around the globe, and gives us almost instant satisfaction in having our needs fulfilled.
Technology can be a great thing, but it should never be our god.
It should never serve as a substitute for our Healer, Provider, Comforter or Salvation.
Often people have grand intentions, but when technology takes the throne of our time and energy, those intentions go out the window with God.
God is a gentleman. He will not force himself upon the thrones of our lives. However, as Creator and Sustainer of the World, He does speak to us in various ways.
The Bible is full of examples of God speaking to His people through calamities.
One such event is the Tower of Babel.
Man began thinking too highly of himself and God created confusion of speech and helped the people get back to the basis —their need for God.
Today, our world is on a tipping point. God is calling out. But can we hear Him over our Bluetooth devices?
The Precipice can help readers identify where they place their trust and evaluate who their God is.
God is a jealous God. He won’t play second fiddle to anyone or anything.
I urge you, get back to the basics. God should be your “all in all.”
Yes, enjoy technology. It’s great. It’s a gift. But don’t let it be your god.
Only the living God can satisfy your soul and your endless quest for “more.”
DISCUSSION: How has technology become a “god” in your own life? What changes can you make today to put God over technology?
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