Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "I Love To Hear The Story"1 (Lyrics)
It is a growing scene to see young and old with handheld, computerized gadgets playing a game. It amazes me how many new kinds of computer games are being offered for all ages. The older computer games lose their charm as new ones come along. The old board games have been virtually lost to the younger generation.
Being curious, I have asked youngsters what it is that they find in those little gadgets. They tell me that the games that captivate them are helping them to pass time, or to keep their brains active, or to compete, or to escape to be alone with just a gadget in their hands.
I asked one youngster what he found so interesting in the world of his games that he looked like he had no eyes or ears for anything around him. Politely enough, he said that the games that he plays are educational.
I began to wonder what is meant by "educational". What are they teaching: that it is more fun to be secluded from their surroundings and interact with fictitious people or people at a distance, rather than people in person? That seems to me to be questionable "education". I would rather take part in a live discussion.
A much more useful "gadget" in our hands is our Bible, for higher spiritual education in its rich wisdom, salvation, character building, and obedience to God.
The Bible is a well of educational skills to be learned. In it, God reveals His mind and the sinful state of man. Once we register in God's school for higher learning, we are educated about sin as well as God's grace.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (NIV)
Sometimes, we will find ourselves needing to repeat a class or two, or sometimes, to start from square one, but we will always find God to be patient with us, as well as faithful. We can know that God will always be there for us.
Hebrews 13:5b – For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (NKJV)
Prayer: God, grant us patience, we who are slow to learn the new life through Jesus Christ, so that because of Jesus, we will graduate from being sinners to being Your holy people. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!