How often do you trust God? How often do you seek God in prayer? How often do you walk by faith? Where do you turn when you’re confused, worried, or needing direction? Do you look to God or Google? Is the Internet becoming a faith buster?
It’s no secret we live in the information age where anything you ever wanted to know is at your fingertips. Simply open an internet search engine like Google or Yahoo, type in your question, issue, or concern and hit ”enter”. Bingo, instant information without any wait time or delay. It’s awesome! Right? I don’t think anyone is missing the days of having to go to the library and searching through a boatload of books for answers. Or I don’t think people wish they could sit down and write out a handwritten letter instead of sending an email. But I wonder if this modern convenience called the Internet is slowly shutting down our faith and dependency on the Lord?
When Jesus comforted a group of people who were worried about their future and how they were going to make ends meet, He didn’t tell them to go look for a job or network with other villagers. He told them to… “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
In other words, Jesus was telling them to keep their priorities in place by “first” looking to God (i.e. reading his word, prayer, etc.) before looking to others to solve their problems. Jesus even promised that if they were to seek God first, He would provide in supernatural ways! So the goal was to prevent people from relying on each other before relying on God by first having them engage in a supernatural process that involves faith. Remember without faith, it is impossible to please God! (Hebrews 11:6)
It seems to me that the words of Jesus are even more applicable today than they were 2000 years ago. With the arrival of the information age, we have become more and more a self-reliant culture. No longer do we rely on each other for help, we rely on Google. We no longer ask each other for direction, insight, or wisdom, we ask Google.
Of course, this can carry right over into our spiritual life as well. If we don’t need each other, why would we need church? If we don’t need church, why do we need God? As a result, faith slowly becomes a concept rather than a reality, and God slowly becomes an ideal rather than a personal savior. So in many ways, we are worse off than the ancient world when it comes to faith and trusting in the Lord.
Is Google replacing God? The simple answer is yes, if you let it. Life is filled with temptations and replacements for God but they will always fall short. So before you start Googling, start praying. Before you search the Internet, search God’s word. Then you will keep God in the place of priority He so deserves. You will also be enlightened by His supernatural wisdom, experience the blessing of His provision, and the joys of walking by faith.
That is Faith in the Real World!