#5443 – Devoted Time

Good morning people who love to spend time in the Word of God.

Luke 4:16-17 NIV He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written.


I love the many times when we are hearing the same thing being spoken around the world by men and women of God. This is one of those seasons.

One of the recurring things that I am hearing and that Sally and I have been personally feeling is this: It’s time to get back to the Bible.

Now, what I am about to say could be debated by some. That’s ok. But I feel to encourage you who are reading to consider this and see what Father is saying to you.

Technology is great – well, it can be great. Actually, technology is completely neutral. It’s the content itself that can be great or can be completely evil.

But one of the things that technology can do is suck us in and distract us.

And that leads me to the point I want to place before you today (as you read this on your technology).

It’s time to get back to spending time with the Lord and your physical Bible. That’s right, a literal book with pages – one that is not connected to technology. It’s time to be Spirit-led in what we read, and to turn the pages and lean into deep encounters with the Author of the Bible.

Many of you have shifted your reading to online. Again, this is not wrong, but let me ask you a question:

Do you find yourself distracted at times by other things on your device while you are reading your Bible? That email ping, that social media notification, that text or newsfeed?

If you do – at all, ever – then may I suggest that you leave your technology alone (it will survive), grab your Bible (and maybe a notebook and pen), and take some extended devoted time with just you and God.

It’s time to go old school. It’s time to get back to the literal Bible.