Scrolling Aimlessly

One issue I have with technology today, is the temptation to scroll aimlessly on social media or websites. Maybe we begin by looking for a recipe, but our search turns up a distracting new diet, or we see a juicy post on a friend we haven’t seen in years – and before we know it, we’ve spent hours wandering around the internet without a clear sense of direction.

This happened in scripture. The prophets reminded God’s people that they had wandered from God’s way and got distracted by idols representing the sinful desires of the human heart rather than walking with the Lord and obeying his directions. They stopped asking, “Where is God in our lives?”. They turned away from the living water and dug cisterns that only ran dry.

When Jesus came, he declared that he is the “living water” who fills us with his guiding Spirit (John 7:37). Rather than scrolling aimlessly through life, let’s follow the Saviour to keep close to God.

Today something similar can happen in our spiritual lives. Sin rarely captures us out of the blue. It’s a process. We begin small with a little lie, or a grudge we can’t let go of, or a few too many drinks and later we discover we have wandered far into places we never thought we would go. Just like scrolling the internet or social media. The answer to scrolling aimlessly is to avoid distractions, have a plan and stay focused on God’s will and his word.

“What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me?” (Jeremiah 2:5).

Let’s Pray

Yahweh, thank you for this reminder. Sometimes I don’t realize when or how far I stray from you. Father please Guide me by your Spirit, and Lead me to worthwhile endeavours that honour you, as I scroll through life, in Christ’s name. Amen.

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