The Doorpost: Don't let information distractions direct us away from the Word

Ray King  ·  Apr 30, 2017

The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 

Ecclesiastes 12:11-12

Even when King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, before the invention of the printing press and then electronic communication, there was no end to the number of books that could be made and studied. Millennia after Solomon, with the modern information explosion, our challenge is greater than ever. There is still no end.

We need to be careful that, in our quest to grow in our knowledge and understanding, we are not distracted from the most reliable and life-giving source of teaching, that our heavenly Shepherd has given us in His Word. Neglecting His Word is a great danger.

There are many good and helpful sources of information available to us as we walk with Jesus Christ in all of life, but we must be wise. Failure to use these resources can be harmful, but it is even worse if they crowd out the best.