They provoked Him to anger with their inventions... And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils... Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people, insomuch that He abhorred His own inheritance. And He gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made.
So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.
What is mobile technology but inventions and devices? It is an invention of our minds placing devices in our hands. Did God envision this explosion of portable media when He wrote the Bible? Surely yes.
'Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite' (Psalm 147:5); 'Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand' ' (Isaiah 46:10).
In other words, our 21st century Earth bears an uncomfortable resemblance to God's ancient Scripture.
Consider some facts:
1) The world hosts over 6.5 billion mobile phone subscriptions. That number represents almost 90% of the global population. 2014 estimates of active cell phones top 7.3 billion.
2) 247 billion emails are sent daily. Facebook has more than 400 million active users. Twitter has 105 million registered users. YouTube has more than 120 million viewers in the U.S. alone. Also within our borders, over 4 billion text messages are sent/received every day.
3) One in ten youths aged 14-24 has sent or received a nude image. In a 2010 federal case, U.S. courts defined 'sexting' as 'an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones.' 44% of teens say it is common, if not ordinary, for the receiver of a 'sext' to share it with others.
4) By the time the average U.S. teen reaches 17, he has spent 60,231 hours in media, increasingly on handheld devices.
'Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You' (Psalm 5:10).
To Be Continued...
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P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Mobile Technology series.