It happens more often than I’d like to admit. In the quiet stillness of the early morning, my ambition is to read the Bible. But I’ll frequently spend those opportune moments scanning through tweets, posts, and Internet articles instead of probing the depths of God’s Word.
I’ve noticed that when my reading consists mainly of the latest headlines on the Internet my soul slowly suffers. There’s a transiency about the media. When one piece of information gets pushed down the newsfeed every few seconds by a new post, it doesn’t leave time for deep thinking. And on those occasions when you might actually pause to ponder one bit of data, a dozen others have replaced it by the time you complete your thought. The Internet is not evil, and aspects of life in the Information Age can be blessings. But in times when content changes by the second, reading the timeless truths of the Bible are critical for soul care.
The Eternal Word
The Bible is robust. Unlike this post and many others, God does not limit Scripture to what people are willing to scan in two or three minutes. The sixty-six books of the Bible tell a unified yet diverse story that can and should be read time and again over a lifetime. Every story, every episode, every person in the Word teaches us something of the character of God. God’s word is boundless in truth and endless in application. The Lord’s being is inexhaustible in its depths, and so is His book. If we devoted every hour and breath of our life to studying God’s word we would still be learning from it in a thousand years and beyond.
Reading the Bible connects us to eternal truths that are worthy of our rumination. As these Psalm verses show:
“Forever, O LORD, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.”–Psa. 119:89
“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”–Psa. 119:160
An Anchor in the Information Age
Rolling over biblical concepts and principles engages your mind in new and healthy ways. As you consider what God was saying to the original audience and what He is saying to contemporary people, you are compelled to think deeply about the text, its author, and yourself. And reading the Bible is not simply a cognitive exercise. God’s word connects with the reader at the heart level. Scripture shapes not only your thoughts but your affections as well. You begin to love what God loves and to be grieved by what grieves Him.
God’s word provides an eternal standard by which to judge the constantly fluctuating factoids in today’s world. How are we to discriminate between worthwhile information and frivolous drivel? How can we find stand firm amid the rollicking ocean of random headlines and 140-character bits of information? What reminds us of our humanity and our dignity as beings made in the image of our Creator?
We need an alternative to the empty consumption of countless sensationalistic posts and updates. Only God’s word in its immutability and endless application can fill us with wholesome soul food. So next time instead of taking the convenient route of checking social media or your favorite Internet site, read Scripture and find an anchor in the Information Age.