When Google Is Not Enough

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.10  With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.”   (Psalm 119:9-11)

In modern America, education and knowledge are not valued as they once were.  Students think that most of the things they are asked to learn and know can be found by googling them.  Understanding the concept or knowing an event or truth is not really important any more to most people.  

It is true that the internet does make it easy to learn facts, figures, and general knowledge.  However, character, beliefs, and personal integrity are not things that can be googled quickly.  David said that the way we live clean and right before God is to “take heed” to the Word of God.  This must be understood in the heart not just known in the head.  The heart is the place where what we believe to be true about God and ourselves causes us to desire to know what is right and true.  When we desire to know the Word of God, we desire to obey it because it is truth and it pleases God.  It is the truth in the heart that causes one to make choices based upon what is right rather than what is easy for me now. 

Temptations do not come with a warning to Google “truth” and check out the consequences before doing what others and Satan have set before you.  Just like when Jesus was tempted in Matthew 4:1-10, Satan sounded so good and beneficial.  Our faith is not something we keep in our pocket and pull out at times to impress someone.  Our faith is the deep-seeded belief in the Word of God and of God’s unfailing love for us.