Analog word in a digital world
We now have access to the bible in every conceivable electronic form. The days of the Amazon Kindle being a niche item are long past. Oftentimes in this busy online/digital age we live in now, we can end up memorizing scripture for the sake of memorizing it, skimming over passages we think we already know. Scrolling is sometimes too easy. All the while, the scripture itself loses much of its impact and message due to other digital distractions. (Supplements and devotionals can run the risk of becoming the focus and not the word). They all have their place but can end up superseding the very word they're supposed to supplement.
I've always been a proponent of reading from the printed word (always kept within reach of its digital counterpart), if for no other reason than it's more difficult to be pulled off track with notifications from Facebook, emails, messenger, etc. When you isolate yourself with the physical book, you're more inclined to read it more carefully. By the time we check that "one last item" (FB, Instagram...), our actual quality time with the word becomes less and less. The technology itself created and touted for its convenience can lead to diluting the word. And it all happens so gradually. Remember, God's Word is powerful in and of itself.
Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Much of that very sharpness can be dulled by multiple, competing digital distractions. So, I think there's room for both: the electronic version for times on-the-go and the printed edition for when studying really counts.
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