Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lean on Whom? By Natasha Jane

Lean on Whom?

By Natasha Jane

Nowadays, when you wander around in the streets, what do you see? Teenagers with their ears covered in brightly colored headphones or simple black dangling earphones? Young men in their fancy suits talking to a beeping devices stuck to their ears? Middle-aged women in cafes, sipping cups after cups of coffee while staring into a laptop screen? Or simply children walking around, fiddling with their phones at the age when they were supposed to play around with crayons? You yourself are reading this on a computer or a laptop screen, or possibly even on your mobile phone (although that would be rather uncomfortable).
Technology has become such an important part of your life that it’s not rare that you see “Twitter wars” or “Facebook terrorism,” It’s also surprisingly common to see people who simply “cannot live without my phone” for even a day. Compare the number of people who “cannot live without my phone” to how often you hear people say, ““I can’t live without God!” Many more people cannot live without their phones nowadays, but not a lot of people can admit they cannot live without God. What has become of our world? Do we need our phones and twitters more, or do we need God more?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Even the writer of Proverbs wrote that we should only trust in the Lord. The Internet, and our fancy gadgets, no matter how amazing or cool they are - they're made by humans. We’re supposed to lean on God and only God; we're not supposed to be at the mercy of broadband connections and mobile providers.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 reminds us that there definitely are people who put their trust in stuff, like chariots and horses, probably the equivalent of our modern age’s Internet and gadgets. Sure, chariots and horses, Internet and gadgets, they are good things. God gives us the intelligence to create beautiful things like those. However, what is dangerous is letting those beautiful things we created control us. It’s like letting our doll tell us what to do; it’s just not right.
I know it’s not easy to give up all the technological advances in life, and I’m not telling you to do that. Instead, find some time in the middle of your text messages and emails, and hang out with God instead. Talk with Him, listen to what He advises you to do, and just spend some quality time with God. Remember, depending on Internet and gadgets all the time is not a good thing. The only one you should depend on is the Lord.


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