I’ve been thinking about ‘internet idolatry’ lately and Proverbs 28:19 speaks well to this:
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
(Proverbs 28:19 ESV)
Obviously I do not consider all internet use to be a worthless pursuit or this blog would not exist! What is wasting time for me could be part of your job. The mass of information out there is not the problem, the real issue is how we interact with all that internet content. Most of us know only too well the ways in which our use of the internet can amount to a complete waste of time.
So, is your use of the internet using up time that you should be using for other things? This could be more productive use of study time, or at school, or at work or even your personal time. I would also expand the ‘productive use of time’ to include the work of walking faithfully in Christ. The ‘plenty of poverty‘ of Proverbs 28:19 does not only mean a lack of money. Mark 8:36-37 and Revelation 3:17 show that we can have lots of stuff yet have an impoverished soul and a tenuous relationship with Christ.
It is easy enough to stay off YouTube and Facebook at work when your paycheck depends upon it. What about at home when it would be better for your soul to be reading your Bible or (heaven forbid!) praying? Or the time I spend catching up on blog feeds and email when my wife and children would like to relate to me rather than the lid of my laptop?
We reap what we sow. If we follow worthless pursuits we will reap rottenness. If we work on the health of our souls in Christ we will reap eternal life.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 ESV)
Are there any worthless pursuits (internet-based or otherwise) in your life that you should replace with something of more lasting benefit?