Thursday, May 24, 2012

Radio and the Immediacy of God's Word


Recently I posed the question on KEY Radio’s Facebook page: Fill in the blank: “I listen to the radio while _____.”  What would you have answered?  Responses from Facebook users included, “driving,” “working,” “driving and washing dishes,” and, “driving, running and cleaning.”

These responses reminded me of God’s instruction to the children of Israel: You shall teach [My words] to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 11:19 NASB).

The ancient Jewish people were told to incorporate the learning and applying of God’s word into every activity, no matter how mundane.  Isn't this still the best way to live?  Use of Scripture should not be confined to an hour on Sunday, nor to those times when we reach desperation.  God’s word holds power, wisdom, comfort, hope—why would we not access that frequently throughout each day?

Driving a car, of course, was unknown to the Israelites.  So was radio.  But I can’t help but think that there’s a modern-day parallel here.  In streets and highways, in homes and workplaces across Utah (in this case), over half a million people can flip a switch and hear clear, compassionate Bible-based programs and music.  We listen as we drive, wash dishes, go for a run, or clean our houses.  In so doing, the mundane becomes eternally significant.

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