Boredom. The mentality that we most despise yet encounter in every idle second of our day. We fill every nanosecond of our availability with digital media, shared photos, games, movies, clips, music, etc. We have become so overstimulated and isolated in our digital lives that reality cannot seem to catch up (or measure up). Our expectations of stimulation in our digital lives have steadily poured over into our expectations of reality. The problem is we were never meant to seek stimulation from life, but joy. We are just too distracted to realize it. Truthfully, the most elusive yet crucial essence in a life well-lived is experiencing the joy of Christ personally. This joy comes only through a genuine faith in Christ that cannot be manufactured or bought on Amazon. No amount of good deeds or laboring for the poor can bring this sense of fulfillment either. Most of us live our lives searching for the one thing that will make all of life worth it; the rest of us have become too distracted to realize we are longing for something more. Our current civilization has developed such a need for constant stimulation and distraction that we rarely ever have time to evaluate, process, or weigh our lives. By filling every second of our lives with tasks, entertainment, games, and social media we are forfeiting the silent moments we need to realize depravity – our need for something more than what the world gives us. We cannot desire that which we have never tasted, so how can we find fulfillment when we don’t know what we looking for?
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.”– Blaise Pascal, Famous 1600’s Mathematician and Theologian
What if experiencing boredom is actually a gift from God meant to spark our sense of discovery towards true meaning and fulfillment? What if instead of bombarding our eyes with meaningless pictures, memes, and tv we respond to our void by seeking the Lord? In Philippians 4, Paul talks about how believers should pray and seek the Lord in everything and by that the peace of God will rest on their hearts. He mentions this peace to be surpassing knowledge and beyond what we can understand. The peace/joy/fulfillment that Christ alone can provide is something that we cannot put into words nor can we define in seeking it. Our only hope is to trust in the name and work of Jesus Christ and invite the peace and joy of Christ into our lives. Psalms 4:7-8 says,
“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”.
The joy that Christ provides far surpasses the momentary happiness or distraction that the world provides in every aspect of our lives. If we are not attentive to the time and energy we give to meaningless distractions we may risk forfeiting opportunities to ‘be still and know that He is God’. If we can slowly start to take back our attention from modern entertainment then we can redeem the time we are given each day to seek the Lord and find true joy and fulfillment in Christ.
1. Competing Spectacles – Tony Reinke
2. New Morning Mercies – Paul David Tripp
3. Knowing God – J. I. Packer
4. Surprised By Joy – C. S. Lewis