I’m on a life-long guilt trip for not reading my Bible. I can’t understand why it’s so hard. Where do I start? What do I read? Do I ‘flop and pop’? Do I read all the way through? Take a single book and study it deep? Do I take a topic and read every verse about it? Or follow a guide of some sort?
Then there’s the question of circumstance. Some folks swear by reading early in the morning. Getting your day off to a good start with God. Others say reading the Bible at night helps press meaning into the events of the day. A lady in our small group once said “Reading the Bible at night is my way of getting to sleep. As soon as I start, Satan sends his demons who’d rather see me sleep than study. They knock me right out!”
Let me offer a different approach. Google.
Instead of cramming God into a time slot, try turning to Him throughout the day. When you face a tough situation or when you get a little victory or when you feel grateful for something, Google what you’re thinking or feeling. Type in a fragment of Scripture and it’s amazing how often Google will pop the full Scripture passage. Yeah, sometimes you get junk. But usually, Google takes me to biblegateway.com or biblehub.com and I find the full verse. With one click, I can read it in any translation. And God can speak from His Word specifically to what I’m facing or feeling.
Sometimes, I’ll type in “What does the Bible say about _________?” That will take me to an article or book or sermon which includes a Scripture reference. I go there and I’m in His Word. I’m on point, seeking His wisdom minute by minute, issue by issue.
And if you’re not thinking about a specific issue, Google “The book of John” or “The book of Proverbs,” click through and start where you are. It’s that easy.
In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young hypothesizes Jesus saying “Walk peacefully with me through this day. You can walk as close to me as you choose.” God’s not going to force Himself onto your ‘radar screen’, onto your calendar or into your mind. You choose where you turn for guidance and what to do when God comes to mind. You can turn back to what you were doing and write Him out of the moment. Or you can pray for a minute, turn to His Word, and find peace and direction you didn’t expect.
The internet is like money. It’s amoral. It can be used for good or for evil. For God or for ourselves. We get to choose.
When there’s a pause in your day, pray. If God brings something to your mind, Google it. Find the Scripture He has for you and thank Him for staying so close.
Question: Will you use Google and other web tools to move toward God or away from God? Tell us what you think here!