…”Who has bewitched you?”…taken from Galations 3:1 NIV

Four words. Who has bewitched me? Who has bewitched you? I would like to take it a little further and ask not only who, but what has bewitched me? What has bewitched you?

What holds us captive?

Last week I was reading this passage of scripture in Galations 3 during my quiet time and these four words leaped off the page and smacked me right in the face. And in my heart.

Who or what is taking my focus away from God? Distracting me?

Tangled up in the word bewitched there was nothing to do but open up my Webster’s Dictionary app and look it up (I am a word geek after all).

I found a plethora of words. Enchanted. Captivated. Possessed. Enamored. Enraptured. Entranced. Fascinated. Mesmerized. Spellbound.

Wow! A lot of fancy words with deep meaning, especially when they impact our faith walk.

I am fascinated with technology. I love my iPad, my Macbook, my iPhone and my Kindle.  Anything and everything I want to know is right there at my fingertips with the touch of an app.

I use my iPad and the Bible app a lot during my quiet time. My devotionals are on my iPad. I love reading a passage of scripture in several different translations. I mean, wahlah, I’ve got it going on right? Also seems very spiritual.

NO.

What I’m finding, what I’m seeing is a little “spiritual ADD” creeping in.

A lot of distractions.

I can easily justify those distractions. There’s plenty of devotions and encouraging words on Facebook and Twitter. That text might be an emergency after all. I’m not reading my emails, I’m only taking a moment to delete the unwanted ones.

Excuses, Excuses.

When in reality I’m captivated by the noises of the world. Mesmerized by the pings and dings of Facebook and Twitter.

Before you know it I’ve whittled my quiet time down to hurried prayers. Not allowing much room for listening. Selfishly bypassing the needs of others in prayer. Watching the clock tick away this most important part of my day.

And I’m missing something. That special time of day where it’s just me and The Lord. Talking it out. Praying it out. Sometimes sweating it out.

QUIET TIME.

Bonnie Gray calls it Spiritual Whitespace. (an awesome book, by the way!)

I decided to make a few adjustments after those words spoke to the empty places in my heart. The places longing to be filled by God.

I’ve started by reading the Word out of my Bible. My leather bound, weighty Bible filled with words breathing life and spirit into me.   I’m finding the Words are so much more alive and meaningful to me with my Bible spread across my lap.

If I want to look up another translation or check the commentary for more understanding then and only then I open my iPad.

There’s nothing wrong with any of those other things as long as I keep my priorities in check.

As long as I’m not allowing myself to be “bewitched” by them.

Distracted by them.

At the end of the day, at the end of my life what I want is a life lived out for God.

Envisioning my children and grandchildren and future generations picking up my tattered, worn and torn Bible, that has been marked up, highlighted and tearstained long after I’m gone.

They won’t find that on my iPad or my iPhone.

I want to challenge us all to ponder on these four words today…“Who has bewitched you?”

What is taking time away from your walk with God?

A busy schedule? A job? Family? Things of the world that captivate us? Like me, a fascination with technology?

Revelation 2:4 says this, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.”

I pray today that we would set aside the things of the world, the things that bewitch us, captivate, fascinate, and distract us from You, Lord.  And in turn let us be enamored by, enraptured, enchanted, mesmerized by YOU Lord. You and only You.

Our first LOVE.

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn