Is your phone blocking you from hearing the voice of God? This was my situation. A few weeks ago, I decided to end the countless hours of screen time that I was getting. I stumbled upon a Bible verse that helped me realize that I was being blinded by the amount of social media I was consuming. The first thing I did when I woke up was check my social media. What’s the news today? Who is on vacation? What is so-and-so doing? Instead of filling myself with the word first thing when I woke up, I was filling myself with irrelevant information about the lives of others. Information that was not benefiting my purpose and instead was blocking me from hearing God.
The Bible verse that opened my eyes and helped me realize that I needed to make a change was 1 Corinthians 7:35. It reads, “I say this for your benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” God is calling us to give Him our undivided attention without distractions. It is challenging to receive directions from God for our lives when we are too distracted, caught up in what other people are doing with their own lives.
Since then, I have decided to take a break from social media and my phone. At first, it was only supposed to be a two-week break, and now it has been almost two months. I have so much more time now to dedicate to God, my family, and myself. I want to challenge you to give up something that may be distracting you from hearing God. Maybe it isn’t social media, like in my case. Perhaps it is worldly music, a TV show, or perhaps it’s even a person that you have been dedicating too much of your time to. Replace the time that you usually spend doing those things with spending extra time with God.
“Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:15-16