The Church at Spruce Creek heard a sermon last month by Steve Jackson concerning how Americans are so easily distracted by the many electronic devises that we have and use daily. It doesn’t even have to be an electronic device as it could be anything that keeps us from the word of God. When we look at the first commandment we see that it is “Thou shall have no other gods before Me.” There is a reason that God made this His first commandment. How much time do each of us really spend daily in His word?

We all need to take notice of how much time daily necessities and activities take up our time away from spending time in worshiping God in his word. Some very sobering facts about how the average American spends his or her day away from communing with God is watching TV and electronic devises. According to the A.C. Nielsen Company the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV a day which is 28 hours per week, or 2 months of non stop TV watching per year. So for the grand finale, that adds up to watching TV for a total of 9 years if you live until the ripe old age of 65. Talk about a distraction and how much of that time is even watching reruns. TV is just one of the many distractions that we deal with daily. The average American also spends an alarming 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones, tablets, and computers. Keep in mind some people have the Bible on their phone which is good.

According to the Religion News Service, 88% of American households own a Bible and 80% think that the Bible is sacred. The average household in the United states owns 4.4 Bibles. If they do read the Bible, the majority read their Bible 4 times a year. Only 1 out of 5 people read their Bible on a regular basis. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 says , “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

Most of us know that we should read our Bible daily and most of us fit into one of the above categorizes. We need to make up our mind to put God first and spend time daily with our Lord and Savior. Take just 15 minutes of your busy day and allot a certain time of the day to study. It may seem like a struggle at first, but after a week into it you will discover how much it enriches your life and you will look forward to spending time with God. You will discover if you miss this time that something very important is missing from your life. Joshua 1:8 states, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

We pray you will learn to value the time you spend with the Lord Jesus Christ as His word will fill you like nothing else. We want to challenge and encourage you to read through the New Testament this year. Please join us as we read through the New Testament daily by using the Closer Walk provided by the church to enhance your individual study.

Dave Burgess