“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4
What does it mean to be fully satisfied in an age where things are constantly going out of date? We’ve all experienced the pull of technology:
“My cell phone is 2 years old already!”
“My computer is too slow for the newest version of the program I love!”
“We can’t enjoy blu-ray without an HD T.V.!”
The Bible warns us in many places that the things of this Earth will not satisfy us. And yet I’m stunned by how often I’m just as guilty as the rest of the world, buying into the lie that the latest and greatest technological gadget will make life on Earth better.
The tricky thing is that the advertisers aren’t exactly lying – newer is often better, and there’s reason to be excited with the advancements technology brings. Technology itself is not the problem; the love and worship of it is.
A good friend of mine once said, “No idol can withstand the weight of worship.” These wise words have haunted me since I first heard them. Sooner or later, every idol will fail and need to be replaced. That’s the nature of created things. But God is not an idol. We will never need to upgrade to “Jesus 2.0” He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying our cell phone, computer, or car, we can rely too much on finding joy through the new and fun things technology offers. Let's remember that ultimate satisfaction comes from the Creator, not created things.
Dear Jesus, I ask You to remind me everyday to be satisfied in You alone. I thank You for the technological blessings in my life, but acknowledge they are nothing compared to You. Give me wisdom as I live in this culture and seek to bring glory to Your name. Amen.
Jesus is calling to speak with you. Maybe it’s time to call it quits.