The technology of today has made this a fascinating age in which to live. With the invention of the Internet, the world around us, and almost everyone living on it, is only a click away. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snap Chat are a few of the available cyberspace opportunities that can consume our time. Not to mention, numerous Smart Phone Apps that provide countless hours of mindless entertainment all while we listen to the streaming of our favorite music. And, even though we may not intend to neglect our devotional time for trivial pursuits, often we do.
Therefore, let us heed the warning in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” If he can distract us from spending consistent quality time with our Savior, he’ll use any means available ― even those that are not inherently bad in themselves. But, if they repeatedly replace our personal time with our Savior, a lack of peace will soon ensue. Distress, agitation, and inner conflict set in.
What’s the remedy? I think Isaiah 23:6 holds the answer: “He will keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed on Him.” As we determinately focus and ponder on His attributes, His kingdom and His sovereign administration of it, we experience genuine peace. It may cost us some online time but the benefits we experience will be worth the price.
Father, may we take time today to meditate on the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wonderful works. Amen.
Go deeper ― Chart your on-line activity for a day or two to determine how much time you’ve investing in various online activities. Determine to decrease it by at least a tenth over the following week. Use that time to meditate upon the scripture found each day in these devotionals or to read a book that will nurture you spiritually. Soon you'll be experiencing much more of His perfect peace.
Further reading: here is something that may help you flip your focus. Read the article "The Discipline of a Fixed Focus"