Psychologists are warning we’re losing some basic skills of life by our reliance on mobile devices. People no longer add or subtract, they use the calculators on their phones. We no longer type or keyboard; we punch icons with our thumbs. We don’t worry about memorizing anything; our devices have become our brains. We don’t even think as much because we plug in our earphones and listen to podcasts and music.
Those may be valid concerns, but they pale beside the danger of losing the basic skill of walking with God. For all our electronics, nothing can replace the simple art of meditation and prayer, of faith and trust, of quietness and confidence. As we contemplate God’s law and manifest His holiness, we preserve the character of His creation. We prevent the deterioration of human society, and we preserve our culture from moral collapse.
No matter how modern our world, the time-tested habits of prayer, meditation, faith, trust, and obedience will never be replaced. The twenty-first century needs salt and light as much as the first century; even more. So keep your phone, but unplug it long enough to be still and know that He is God.
If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.