Bible Studies for Life Lesson for January 30- A Lifestyle of Meditation
January 18 2011 by Joel Stephens, pastor, Westfield Baptist Church

Focal Passages: Ps. 1:1-3; 119:11-16; Mk. 1:35-39  

No offense, but are you a digital zombie? Americans spend way too much time answering e-mails, surfing the web, tweeting, blogging, googling (just to mention a few of the ‘new’ technological verbs that have recently become a part of our language).

No matter where you go, you’ll find people with their nose stuck in a screen: at the office, on the street, on the park bench, and even on the highway.

According to a recent study of viewing habits, adults spend an average of nearly three hours a day interacting with computer screens. Add TV viewing and you get a screen time of about 8-1/2 hours.

“People are spending more time in media and especially screen media than anything else they’re doing in life,” says Bill Moult of Sequent Partners, one of two organizations that provided the study.

It’s become so much of a part of our culture that in October of 2009, two Northwest Airlines pilots flew their passenger jet 150 miles past their destination because they were distracted by their laptop computers!

Don’t get me wrong. Technology has more advantages for communication than you can shake a memory stick at. But all our efforts to communicate more efficiently have produced a disastrous side-effect: we are numbed by the volume of voices that vie for our attention.

We are losing the ability to prioritize information. All information should not inform equally. We may be communicating more than ever, but what’s being said?

We are undoubtedly connected, but to what? If God wanted to speak to us, would He need our cell number to get through?

The scriptures uphold the art of meditating on God’s Word. After all, shouldn’t what God says be infinitely more important than anything else?

Meditating implies reading, re-reading, studying intently, reflection, contemplation, and perhaps discussion. Meditating takes time; time that must be taken from something else.

No one “finds” time. Every one of us has the same amount. There will never be “more hours in the day.” We only have 24.

So it’s not a question of “can I find the time” to mediate on God’s Word. The question is: will I choose to invest the time?

The most needful communication we can have is with God. He is speaking.

But are we listening?

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