Much as it pains me to admit it, Satan is very good at his job. And what is his job? To separate as many human beings from God as he can. He hates love and loves hate.
One of Satan’s most successful methods he uses to keep us from developing a deep relationship with God is the spirit of distraction. This seems to be one of the pervasive themes in this technological age in which we live. There are many forms of entertainment and other distractions available to us across a multitude of devices–TVs, computers, phones, tablets, gaming consoles, smart watches, etc.
I should say that I am not in any way anti-technology. In fact, I have enjoyed a successful career that has been centered on helping companies achieve their business objectives through the effective use of technology. And I have at least one of most of the devices I listed.
Also, there are many examples of how technology is being used by followers of Christ for the benefit of God’s Kingdom. For instance, when COVID forced churches to close their doors, the church I attend (New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado) and many others leveraged technology to enable us to continue to worship together virtually. Another great example is something I refer to regularly (just last week, in fact)–the Daily Audio Bible, which has used the internet to allow people of several different languages to feast each day on the spoken Word of God. Further, I humbly hope that this meager offering of a weekly blog, which encourages other followers of Christ in their walk with the Lord, is another good example of using technology for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
But, as I mentioned, there seems to be a great temptation to turn our attention toward our devices and away from God (and each other, too). I say this not to accuse others as though I have not given in to this temptation. Sadly, I have. Instead, I point it out in hopes that we can collectively become more aware. Awareness equips us to get better at (or ask for God’s help in) resisting the temptation.
But here’s one really cool thing about God: every time we are diving into the depths of God but catch ourselves turning our attention from him to a gadget or any other distraction, we can repent and receive his forgiveness. And his arms will be spread wide, waiting for us to return to his loving embrace.
He wants to be known by us, so he will help us fix our gaze back on him.