Take care lest you forget the LORD your God… ESV Deuteronomy 8:11
I’m reading a very convicting book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke. So far I’m only through the first chapter, and I’m seriously wrestling with the control my phone has of my life. In short, he adeptly shows we are prone to distraction because we don’t want to be left to ourselves and have to face our state before God and our place in eternity. As such, we are constantly drawn to distractions to keep our minds occupied on anything other than those things that really matter. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube… all these distract us from what matters most: a keen awareness of our standing before God.
How about you? Do you find this remotely convicting? If not, buy the book! Perhaps Sunday serves as an excellent opportunity to put down your phone and connect with God. Sit in silence and allow Him to speak to you. Allow your thoughts to wander. Come face to face with His greatness. While it may be scary to engage in this process, our spiritual formation depends on it. We must be still and know that He is God. Yet how can we be still with our phones ever beckoning our attention? Even in church tonight, instead of worshiping and being filled with wonder, I found myself pulling out my phone to research song lyrics, and check other thoughts that came to mind. Somehow we justify these ridiculous actions that serve only to draw us away from God instead of toward Him.
So take a chance. Turn your phone off…for an hour, a day, whatever it takes. When you turn it on, check your heart. What urges you to scroll through Twitter, to like a Facebook post, to shoot off a text? Are you avoiding something hard before you? Are you allowing the distraction to draw you away from God (apparently 73% of Christians check social media on their phones before having God time in the morning (12 Ways Your Phone…, p. 42)? Ask the Lord to keep you focused on Him and less distracted from the things that truly matter.