The iPad, My Contentment, and God’s Word

As many of you probably know by now, Apple has now introduced the newest part of their revolutionary technology-based products, the iPad.  When the iPad first came into my personal world, I wanted one.  In fact, I wanted an iPad so much, that I watched the iPad promotional video over and over again.

Later that night as I thought about the iPad again, I was struck with conviction like a watermelon hitting the asphalt from a forty foot fall.  Was it a sin for me to want to get an iPad?  Not necessarily.  However, I began to ponder such questions as: Do I desire to read God’s Word over and over again like I desired to watch that video?  Do I not have beyond what I need already in my iPhone, iMac, Mac Mini, and Macbook?  How else could I use that $499 (minimally) for the glory of God and the furthering of the gospel among the nations? If I never get an iPad, will I be content?  My own thoughts stirred my heart.

I’m not declaring that I’ll never get an iPad.  However, I am declaring that I must consider carefully what brings me joy.  I must be careful to use what God has given me to make Him known.  I hope and pray that your contentment is not found in the next gadget or gimmick, but in the fact that you rest in the hands of the One who mercifully gives us all good things.  May our hearts echo the words of Psalm 42:1, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”

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