Many of you know that I met my husband online. Yes, it was internet love and I’ve been thinking about it. With the dawn of new technology comes new ways of reaching out to people, staying connected and getting their attention. However, there are also very real dangers of information sharing, stalkers and media overload. Sometimes it starts small. Let me explain.
I didn’t want a smartphone really. I didn’t see the point. I could get on a computer if I needed to do something. It was cheap and dependable, but guess what I got for the holidays a few years ago? That’s right, a smartphone from my husband that I met online. He’s a very techy guy and I was not trying to refuse such an expensive gift! He told me that I could use it for everything. Ok sir! But immediately, things began to change. I grew to really enjoy my smartphone and he enjoyed his, but sometimes we enjoyed our devices at the risk of our own communication. Several times both of us have had to get each other’s attention and ask that we put the phone down and look at each other. Yes, we are guilty! How amazing is it that the same technology that drew us together was also driving a wedge in our communication? We could access each other at any time, but we weren’t conveying well what was in our hearts.
We had wifi in our house but was love really in the air?
Money, like technology, is something that can be used for good or for bad. Technology is a tool, not the goal. The goal is love. So because love is the goal, we must stay in a place where we can make loving actions a reality in our lives. God’s love is free to all. It’s in the air so to speak, free wifi. When we deprioritize our spouses, we put a price on our love, affection and attention. “I will speak to you right after this text”.
How is the air in your home? Is there free wifi or is the signal cluttered with so much internet activity. When everyone is on devices, the signal slows and it takes more time to complete a task. The enemy wants to use this to his advantage. It is a matter of the lust of the flesh, versus being led by the spirit.
“Where in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the Prince of the power if the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children if disobedience: Among whom also we had our conversation in times past in the lust of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the mind; and we’re by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God who is rich in mercy, for His great love in which He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace are ye saved).” Ephesians 2:1-5
We are saved by grace and we should extend that thang grace to our spouse and all those who desire to communicate with us. Everything is lawful to a child of God but everything is not expedient, necessary or useful at all times. Pray for wisdom and use discretion with technology. It is a powerful instrument that we can use for the glory of God or for the lust of the flesh. We can maintain power over it, or be overpowered by it. Many things in the world are beneficial in moderation but can be detrimental when overused.
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
We thank you for the gift of technology and the Internet, cellphones and other things that have changed our lives over these past few years. We know that all good gifts come from you. I pray that you will give us wisdom as we use it for your glory. I pray that it will not be something that the enemy can use to overwhelm us or to distract us. Help us to remember that love is the more excellent way. Help us to be good communicators of the gospel of Jesus Christ in everything that we say and do in Jesus name we pray, Amen.