Like practically everyone else, my life seems to be contained in my computer. I use it for work, reading, socializing, writing, shopping – you name it. I have stopped using my heavy dictionaries or encyclopedias. If I need to know something, I can search for it online.
I write a lot of Bible studies and often have a scripture in mind that I want to refer to. The problem is I can’t remember exactly where the scripture is located in the Bible – the chapter and verse. I used to use my concordance exclusively for this purpose. Now I google it.
Tied very closely to my use of information on the internet are the software programs on my laptop. Some programs I have chosen to install. Many of them are just necessary for the operation of my computer. What I am able to accomplish by using my computer are tied to software programs that run in the background. Being technologically challenged, these run in ways that are mysterious to me.
Even when I am unable to log on to the internet, my software programs enable me to keep working. Since I carry my laptop with me practically everywhere, I often even record reminder notes on my computer rather than using pad and pencil. The time saving possibilities are endless.
God created our brains to hold all the data we could possibly use. We load them with all kinds of information – some good, some bad. That “background software” can be useful or harmful, depending on how it is accessed.
Unlike computer software, data stored in our minds cannot be uninstalled. It can surface at any time. Satan can use the information for evil. God can remind us of something for usefulness. It is even possible to forget that we input something that will later be harmful or useful, so good judgment is called for when acquiring any new information.
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You… Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning… Wise people store up knowledge…For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… (Psalm 119:11).