Saturday, March 23, 2013

Using Technology for Christian Meditation

As a follower of Christ, how can you meditate on God's Word with so many distractions around you? By using one of those distractions to your advantage. We usually think of meditation on Scriptures as an ancient practice, but modern technology can help you engage in this helpful and much-needed discipline.

The Bible repeatedly tells us of the value of biblical meditation. Israel's new leader Joshua was encouraged, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" (Joshua 1:8). Likewise, the Book of Psalms begins by describing the righteous man as one whose "delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:2).
Here's one way I use technology to assist me in meditating on God's Word:
  1. Find a way to schedule text messages to yourself. If you use an Android-based smartphone, you can download a free app called SMS Scheduler. I'm not sure what iPhone users could use, but I've read about an app called "Future Text."
  2. Find some Scripture verses that you want to meditate on. It may be an extended passage, or it may be verses with a common theme. For example, if you want to meditate on humility, use the Scriptures referenced in the devotional on humility on the Bible.com app (see https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/76-humility).
  3. Schedule text messages to be sent to yourself at an interval you desire with a link to that verse at Bible.com. To do this, find the verse in your computer's Internet browser at Bible.com. Click the verse(s), and then click the link button above. The link will appear. For example, the link to Philippians 2:3-5 is http://bible.us/59/php.2.3-5.esv. Just type this link into your text message scheduler for the interval you desire.
I currently have 11 verses that are texted to me each weekday (1 per hour). This helps me meditate on God's Word throughout the day.


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