Binge Watching

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

About 2 years ago, we decided to get rid of cable and satellite.  We signed up for Netflix and bought a flat antenna for local channels.  At first, I hated it.  Series on Netflix were a year behind, from the 1980’s or not interesting.  Then I heard about Hulu.  Hulu was great because I could watch current tv series one day after there original showing.

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Then I discovered that both Hulu and Netflix posted new shows with series spanning up to 9 seasons, some of those had up to 12 episodes. When I found a new series, I watched it every day.  I watched one episode after another.  Each time I turned on the tv I could not wait to find the series and watch the next episode.  I had suddenly become a Hulu/Netflix BINGER!

The definition of binge from Merriam-Webster is: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence and an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food).  Yes, I was definitely a binger.  I was hooked.

Maybe some of you reading this can relate, while others are saying “Bless Her Heart”, the ole southern kind way of saying, “she ain’t right”.  But as I speak the truth about my own life, I want to ask you to think about your relationship with God and His word. What if we binged read the bible?  What if we binged going to church?  What if we binged prayed, binged evangelized, binged judged ourselves,? You see where I am going?

I think many of us fill our time with something.  Work, drugs, alcohol, affairs, sleeping, eating, pornography and the list goes on.  But these things are just fillers.  They are not satisfying.  With all the binge watching on Hulu and Netflix, I found after awhile I had watched everything worth watching.  I craved a new series, day after day, but they were not there.  Each day I would go back to the two apps hoping something new would be out, feeling let down when there wasn’t.

I have been a Christian and in church for the majority of my life.  I read the bible every day and love to delve into the word of God, to read and study it.  But if I am honest I do not BINGE read it.  What if I did though?  Would I be different?  Would I be more able to defend my faith?  Would I love The Lord more?  Could I begin to have the mind of Christ?  Might I live a better life, have more faith, wait more patiently?  As you can see, I have not reached perfection in my own Christian life, so please do not think I am calling you out.

I know that I love God.  I often say I love Him with all my heart, all so soul and all my mind.  After digging down deep and thinking about it a little bit more, I now feel guilty saying that. I want to fill my time with the things of God. That doesn’t mean that I will not binge on a new series every now and then.  What it means is that I will add more God into my downtime schedule.

I want to leave you with this.  At the end of each series, I felt let down, almost hopeless.  What would I do now?  When I spend time with God and my time ends, I have the exact opposite feelings.  I don’t know what you BINGE but I am sure you have those some feelings I had at the end of my BINGE. Try God.  Just give him a try.  Sometimes when I started a new series, the first 1-3 episodes were not that great.  Once I pushed through, the show became better and before you know it I was hooked.  I didn’t try episode one and quit.  Try God.  Don’t try just once.  I promise, if you give Him a chance, you will not be left wanting. God NEVER breaks a promise.

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Here For A Time

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Psalm 119:15-19 ESV I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me.
To really get this scripture there are a few words we have to understand.
Meditate – think deeply or carefully about (something)
Precepts – a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought
Statutes – a law or decree made by a sovereign, or by God.
Sojourner – a person who is staying for a brief period of time
These last few days I have been confined to sitting at home. At first I searched Hulu and Netflix in hopes of finding something to watch to pass the time. Very quickly I realized that there was not much on that captured my attention. I have read my bible for the last few days and felt a desire to dig deeper. Of course as a pastors wife, i have many tools necessary to do just that. I have many bibles in different versions, concordances, bible history and bible dictionaries. I have seminary course CD’s and commentaries by some of the greatest men.
Because I was home alone and I was not suppose to be on my feet and those items were not within my reach. I decided to see what I could find online. To my surprise there are all many good bible study courses online. Of course I checked out the “about” and “what we believe” sections to make sure they were inline with what I believed.
After a lot of research, I settled on a course and signed up to go through a teaching on Genesis. I must say it was refreshing to be digging into the word of God instead of watching meaningless TV shows. The more I listened to the teaching the more excited I became.
I want to encourage you to find time to dig into God’s word. This scripture says we are just here on this earth for brief time. While we are here we need to meditate, think deeply and carefully on Gods statues. We should be focused on his words and ways while looking for wonderful things of and from God.
Find ways to dig deeper into God’s word each day. Don’t rely only on devotionals or Sunday morning sermons. Take time to find out more about God and what He has to say to us. Try to really understand and live by what you learn. I can’t promise it will always be easy but it will be worth it. You are never too young or too old to learn.
Here are a few of the great sites I uncovered today:
There are many many more for you to choose from. What this research proved to me is that there are many ways for us to get to know God’s word, meditate on it and then live it. It is time to stop making excuses. It is time to stop procrastinating. It is time to stop making excuses. It is time to get busy and today is the day to start. May The Lord “Deal bountifully with your servant, that you may live and keep His word. May He open your eyes, that you may behold wondrous things out of His law”