July 8, 2009

 

Faith Book

 Susanne Scheppmann

 


“They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.” Nehemiah 9:3 (NIV)

Devotion:

A new addiction slipped into my life recently - Facebook.  Internet social networking slid in quietly and unobtrusively.  Each day I found myself reading and posting a bit more.  I learned how to create my visual bookshelf, so my “friends” could check out what I was reading.  I linked my blog.  My time seeped into Facebook like grains of sand slide through the hourglass.

My addiction soon took a turn for the worst.  I began to put off my personal quiet time with God until after I had Facebooked.  Sadly, scripture seemed boring next to my friends’ postings. Strangely, the mundane posts intrigued me.  I had fallen under the spell of social networking.

Then one day, I dragged myself away from my laptop.  I had Bible study that night and needed to finish my lesson.  The lesson pointed us to the book of Nehemiah.  I read, “They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.” (Nehemiah 9:3, NIV).

Yikes! They read God’s Word for a quarter of the day, then spent another quarter of the day in confession and worshiping?  These words haunted me the rest of the afternoon.  When was the last time I spent that much time with God?  How much time did I spend on the Internet?  I felt a deep conviction about my Facebook addiction. 

I determined that day to read my Bible, my FaithBook, before I turned on my computer each day.  I would network with God, before networking with my friends.  When I made this decision, I saw scripture jump back to life.  God’s Word spoke to me with a freshness that seemed as if He had just posted it Himself.  

The addiction stopped.  Oh, I still enjoy Facebook and other social networks, but I have learned to keep them in proper perspective.  Psalm 119:59-60 sums up my new intent: “I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.  I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands” (NLT).

Will you join me in the commitment to spending time in God’s Word before time spent on Facebook?

                                                                                                                                                                          

Dear Lord, I recognize that I spend too much time on the computer.  Forgive my inattention to Your Word.  Help me each day to place You first in my life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Related Resources:

Listen to Today’s Radio Show for more about spending time with God.

 

Pierced by the Word by John Piper

 

Birds in My Mustard Tree: How to Grow Your Faith by Susanne Scheppmann

 

For more from Susanne, visit her blog as well as her resource page

 

Application Steps: 

Today, take notice of how much time you spend on the computer for personal enjoyment.  Decide to make your quiet time with God a priority.  Read Psalm 119 and then ponder the benefits of time spent in God’s Word. 

 

Reflections: 

Do I put off my quiet time with God in lieu of “social networking?”

 

Am I willing to commit more time to reading the Bible?

 

How can I begin to keep my life in a healthy balance?

 

Power Verses:

Exodus 24:7, “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people.  They responded, ’We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.’” (NIV)

Romans 10:17, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (NIV)

Joshua 1:8, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV)

 

© 2009 by Susanne Scheppmann. All rights reserved.

 

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