“Where do you immediately turn when you need help? In this digital age, many of us grab our phone or computer. We quickly Google a question to find out the answer…although technology can be a blessing, it can also be a curse. The curse comes when we turn to Google before we turn to God. We need God, not Google, first.
Consider the beautiful verse from Psalm 121:1-2, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Today’s parent, if being honest, might find the following statement more of a reality: “I turn my eyes down to my phone – where does my help come from? My help comes from Google, the holder of all information.”
In this screen-driven world, we can get our wires crossed. The answers to your family’s problems aren’t found on homepages or search engines. The answers you need are found in the ancient pages of God’s Word and by speaking to the Source of wisdom Himself.
…Think about it. Could you go a whole day without talking to God?…Could you go a whole day without your cell phone or Wi-Fi? Ouch, that would hurt more wouldn’t it? We are ever dependent on our calorie trackers, social media posts, playlists, texts, and emails. Instead of nurturing a dependency on the Divine, we’ve nurtured a dependency on data. We talk to God once in a while at our convenience, but we need our phones and devices 24/7.
Today our idols aren’t golden calves or wooden images. But maybe they’re phones and tablets and laptops and flatscreens.
… Today our idols aren’t golden calves or wooden images. But maybe they’re phones and tablets and laptops and flatscreens. Of course technology should be used and can be used for good in your family life. But if you follow the culture’s growing dependence on technology, you won’t need God nearly as much as you need WiFi. It’s time for families to go against the grain and make sure God comes first, way before Google.”
— Arlene Pellicane