SHEPHERD TO SHEEPGOOGLE OR GOD?
(Mat 6:33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Oh, the wonderful Internet. When you need something you can just look it up and satisfy your knowledge. You can buy and sell, interact with people through social media, pay your bills, watch entertainment, and a million other things. But has the Internet replaced God? I mean, when you have need of something do you go to Google or do you go to God?
Now don’t get me wrong. I love technology and I keep up with the latest devices. They are so helpful to me on a personal and professional level. It’s just that we have become so accustomed to running to the Internet before we seek the Lord on the things we need to be seeking the Lord about.
Think about how the Lord is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful). Well, the Internet can act like that, too. The Internet is everywhere, full of wisdom, and a very powerful tool. But the habit we need to develop as God’s children is to go to God first. If not, the Internet becomes an idol because an idol is anything that replaces the Lord in your life. (Deu 5:7) You shall have no other gods before Me.
Here are some scenarios to ponder as case in point:
- A mom is concerned about a rash on her child. She searches diligently on the Internet for what might be the cause and cure. She researches all day and never really stops to pray over the child.
- A couple looks online for houses because they want to move. They spend countless hours investigating the socio-demographics of the community including schools for the kids etc. Not once did they pray together.
- A man is in the market for a commodity. He compares all the deals out there and ends up going back and forth with different sellers. He never took it to the Lord and prayed about it.
- A lonely woman is looking for a meaningful relationship. No one at church pops up so she finds a dating site and spends hours viewing profiles of potential men instead of waiting on God for His direction.
Oh, how God wants to be sought! (Amos 5:4) …Seek Me and live. (Mat 7:11)…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!