I’m guessing that you have been mightily tempted to check your phone while driving, or during a meeting, or while talking with someone, simply because it alerts you to the fact that you have a new text or there is news that you absolutely must see immediately. Admit it. We have all been there.
Why do I feel an irresistible urge to check my phone at the sound of a text message? Not sure. Chances are it is nothing urgent, but that alert is tough to resist.
What if our Bibles beeped at us like our phones when God wanted to remind us of a verse or two that we would do well to remember? That would be a beep worth stopping everything to investigate.
When my thoughts are going to a negative or unhealthy place, I could check a text message quoting Philippians 4:8, which says,
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
An alert for humility would be helpful when my head is getting a little too big.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
On the other hand, sometimes I feel low and I need a reminder that I am a child of God and that he loves me. A tweet with the following message from 1 John 3:1 would be much appreciated.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
When circumstances seem to be stacked against me, an alert of Romans 8:31, or all of Romans 8 for that matter, would be invaluable.
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Proverbs 25:21 would be very helpful when I’m angry or having trouble forgiving someone.
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink…”
And Matthew 5:7 would help too: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
When I’m stressed, fatigued, or worried about the future, perhaps a text message with this verse would calm me down, from Isaiah 40:29-31:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Wouldn’t that be lovely?
Instead, we are bombarded with beeps announcing news – fake, real, or a little of both -ads, random photos of friends, and what someone had for lunch on our phones. Occasionally there is useful information.
Our phones won’t remind us with appropriate verses when we need them to, but we can train ourselves to listen to the Holy Spirit, who won’t audibly beep, but will bring applicable passages to mind.
It would be awesome if my Bible beeped!
Do you have difficulty resisting your phone? If so, how do you combat that tendency? I’d love to hear your stories of the Holy Spirit bringing just the right verse to your mind!