This twenty-first century has ushered in exciting progress through science and technology. We can now replace failing body parts through knee replacements, heart transplants, teeth implants, and robotic hands. High-tech security systems allow us to see and talk to potential burglars from our smartphones, thereby replacing neighborhood watch. Intelligent personal assistants (Alexa and Echo) “play music, control your smart home, [and] get information, news, weather, and more using just your voice.”
People experience better, longer, more productive physical lives when they utilize the many advances in technology. However, this progress does not appear to be the same in our spiritual lives. For example, screens and projectors, smart phones and iPads have replaced the need for one to carry a paper-bound Bible. An unseen Bible is easily forgotten. Instead of being more biblically literate through easy, technological access, people seem to know less about God and scripture than ever before.
I want to scream from the rooftops that the Bible is the ultimate twenty-first century smart book. People will experience better, longer, more productive spiritual and physical lives when its wisdom is utilized. Four profitable benefits of the Bible can be found in II Tim. 3:16-17: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
- For doctrine – instructions when ignorant.
- For reproof – chastisement when in sin.
- For correction – training when in error.
- For instruction in righteousness – guidance in God’s ways
If you want to be twenty-first century smart, get the Word of God off your devices and into your heart. It is always relevant, revelatory, and real. Alexa gives information; the Bible gives words of life. Robotics replaces body-parts. The Bible will teach you how to replace joy for sorrow, abundance for lack, love for hate, and so much more.
Be wise while using your smart devices. Study your Bible daily and live what you learn.
What is your favorite way to study the Bible?