Information Overload

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

We live in a time where information is so readily available; we can find ourselves impatient if we cannot find an answer to our question within minutes.  Having information at our fingertips is great, but there can be pitfalls to it as well.  For example, by having the information so easily accessible, we tend to not remember it too well—after all, there really is no need, because we can always type in Google when we need to obtain it again. 

I think Satan loves overloading our brains with all sorts of information, including stuff that is useless, trivial, or incorrect.  The reason being, we will eventually succumb to information overload, and it will distract us from being able to process and retain the information God wants us to have firmly rooted within our hearts and mind. 

Another thing we need to guard ourselves against is bad information.  There is a definitely a lot of it out there—both in book form, and on the Internet.  Just because someone wrote it, doesn’t make it true.  I have spoken with many people whose biblical doctrine is askew, or who have made poor decisions in a relationship because of some book, or article they have read.   We need to be careful whenever we read God’s Word through the glasses of another person’s writing’s and opinions.  It may be good, it may be right, and it may be helpful, but it should never supersede our daily reading of our Bibles, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in all understanding. 

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 (NKJV)

I remember studying on various religions, thinking I could be better prepared to know what they are teaching, and to hopefully spot any lies the enemy might have woven in.  I found out quickly my brain could only handle so much information, and my memory hard drive was being maxed out with all sorts of weird stuff.  I soon realized it would be much wiser to simply study the Bible and to know what God wanted me to know. I reasoned that if I knew the Scriptures of my Bible sufficiently then I would be able to detect any false teaching or heresy very easily. 

Let’s face it, we only have so many hours in the day, and work will take up a chunk of those.  I can relate to coming home tired and wanting to relax and just check out for a bit.  But we should resolve to make it our goal to give time to reading our Bible and spending time with our Lord.  Chances are we will find some much needed rest and peace, as well as the answers to those things we find challenging us. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about our knowing God’s Word, and understanding it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you giving time to prayerfully read and study God’s Word, or are you abstaining because of information overload?

APPLICATION: Let’s screen carefully what we read, and make sure we prioritize reading our Bibles.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your Word, and the knowledge and wisdom contained within it.  Help us to see where we are giving other things the priority Your Word deserves.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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