I remember the day my phone got locked for almost the whole day-it felt like the most unbearable day in my life. I felt incomplete, agitated and out of touch with the world. I am sure most people can relate to this whenever they lose their phones. You feel like your world is over.
Why this feeling? Thanks to technology, we practically live online-contacts made up of family and friends are all stored on the phone and may only be able to communicate with them virtually. Other important information like account numbers and phone numbers are all stored on it. Losing your phone is almost like losing your very self. This is what technology has done to us; it has integrated itself so strongly into our daily lives that inaccessibility for even a day feels like suffocation.
This of course is trivial compared to what is truly important. Life makes us so busy that when we get out of bed, the first thing we do is to check our phones for missed calls or messages instead of taking time to thank God for taking us through the night and sparing our breath for another day. We are gradually losing the essence of acknowledging God’s protection and provision by concerning ourselves more with what our mundane work load demands.
We forget to spend time with God in prayer and in reading of His word because we care more about what is going on in cyberspace. Technology is part of life in the 21st century no doubt; but never should be a competition with our time spent with God during the day. Remember, all things will pass away but God’s word will never be a thing of the past.
So let’s always hold fast to what is essential to our relationship with God and always appreciate the eternal nature of His word. So let’s do first things first.
The same way you’d feel like you’re missing a part of yourself whenever you lose your phone or leave it at home, it should be a priority to feel it within whenever we skip quiet time or prayer time or any other time devoted to God. It is what keeps our inner man alive and strong enough to escape the traps of the enemy.