Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
Insight: We are in such a hurry that we are literally killing ourselves. We are moving as a society at breakneck speed, but are we even considering where all of this speed is leading to? I mean the pace of life, and the advancement of technology is dizzying and I am not sure that us humans have really been able to ponder and grasp where this all leads to. We are so caught up in trying to invent the next technology that is going to solve all of humanity’s problems, that we are looking right past the casualties that are happening along the path. Just last night, I watched a story recently that talked about AI (Artificial Intelligence) and how it was advancing so fast that an Entrepreneur in the space predicts that 40% of all global jobs will be eliminated by this technology within 15 years. I felt both intrigued and depressed by this revelation at the same time. The documentary Social Dilemma was also eye opening in how the effects of social media have greatly detoured from what the original intent was. Everybody knows there’s a problem, but no one has the solutions to fix it. We are becoming people who make instantaneous decisions without much thought of the ramifications. We are quick to speak and slow to listen, the opposite of what James tells us we should be like in the Bible. I think most people are intrigued by the power of technology itself, while also being depressed about the ramifications for humanity as a whole. At some point, this is all going to end in a very bad place in my estimation, but we have let the Genie out of the bottle, and there is no putting her back in now. We have lost control of our destiny to the technological revolution that will redefine us and make us even less sociable and more emotionally detached than we already are.
What has happened to us? Is the hyper information age literally causing our lives to speed up to the point where we are so reckless and distracted that we are literally killing ourselves? My God, I pray to help me slow down. I pray to put in to practice your command to “be still.” To know that it is healthy to stay away from the chaos for a while, to recharge, to renew. The information flows so quickly, we simply need to unplug from the grid. Information is moving so fast, that as Winston Churchill once famously said “the lies make it halfway around the world before the truth can even get its pants on.” The Lord tells us the benefits of being methodical in our approach to life, to seeing the long road and the big picture. I know this is true because I have experienced it. So why can’t I maintain it for very long? Why do I tend to drift back into the speed of the technology fueled chaos.? Help me Lord to slow down and rest in You and your promises. I was praying the other day, and I think there may be one huge benefit to the technological age we are all living in. Maybe the 2nd coming is also being sped up as the technology of the day allows all of the people of the earth to hear the good news of the Gospel that is a requirement before Jesus returns. Matthew 24:14 states it clearly “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” God is still in control, and He uses all things to grow His Kingdom, and technology is allowing previously unreached people groups to hear the Good News of the Gospel for the very first time. Hallelujah!
Prayer: Father God, help us slow down. Help us to unplug from all the busyness. Nowhere in your word does it say that busyness= contentment. Boy is that true. Instead, you tell us to “be still and know that you are God.” May that thought guide us in the days to come and help us unplug from the always on grid, and take the off ramp from information super-highway to seek your Word in the Bible, where true wisdom lives. Amen.