Some 20 years ago, to gain access to the internet, a phone line had to be used. If you are old enough to remember, there was AOL 3.0. To those too young to remember, "What is AOL?" For a person to log into the internet through AOL, a phone number was dialed, and if the timing were right, cyberspace would pick up. The internet put the world at your fingertips; chat rooms, AOL profiles, etc. However, if the timing were off or too many people were using the access number, you would get a busy signal. This activity was tedious. Speed was paramount to appease the user's interests and satisfy the urge to connect. Then came broadband, WIFI, 4G, and now society is on the verge of 5G networking.
For far too many, the internet has become god-like. In the Old Testament, idols were molten images of man's perception of what god was – bulls, eagles, horned animals, and others. Yet, as humanity became more aware of themselves, the image of gods developed into human likeness represented as muscular figures and voluptuous women. Human desires, lusts, thoughts of "what the gods controlled, and what they can do for me" became the bases for their representation.
The internet is programmed in the image of man's desire. It provides knowledge, connection, and gratification all at an instantaneous rate with a click of a button. It is continuously being upgraded and perfected. It uses "cookies" to track a user's interests and behaviors. Algorithms are then used to perfectly time when a user wants something even before a search. Remarkably, the technology is so developed that the general public feels that Smartphones listen to personal conversations without saying "Siri or Alexa."
Siri and Alexa are always watching, listening, and providing for needs before you even ask. Instantly they respond when you call their name. These technologies are giving everything that man wants and expects from a god of their image. The nation of Israel wanted to be like other nations and have a king. They rejected the prophet Samuel and the theocratic reign of Jehovah. They sought a king from their tribes that had the qualities and features that they desired. Despite the Lord's warning that a king would rule over and take from them, they persisted. The people chose a human-king in their hearts, the King of kings obliged, and Saul's name was called upon by the people. Saul ruled and directed the affairs of the people then, much like Siri and Alexa do today. The people developed these programs to assist life. Yet, society has become so dependant on their features that the computer programs are programming our human experiences around them.
If it has not occurred yet, the world should be wearisome that Siri and Alexa's names are called upon more than the name of Jesus Christ. The god of this world has used the same method to blind humanity's eyes as Nimrod did at the Tower of Babel – knowledge, connection, and gratification. No longer is it called a "tower"; it is now called a "server." The insidiousness of this is that humanity is conditioned and expects instant responses. The instant messages, the instant videos (i.e., TikToc, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Live), and Insta-Pots are just a few gratifications that frame the mind adversely from longsuffering and patience; virtues that are core principles of Christianity.
An "Insta" mentality is detrimental to spiritual development. When a person is conditioned for immediate responses but does not receive one, bitterness, doubt, frustration, and anger fill the void. A conditioned individual for instant gratification develops a sense of entitlement. This behavior is observable in young children who throw temper tantrums when their parents say "No" or "Wait." Such childish tantrums then develop into adult disrespect toward all forms of authority. And the phrase, "Those who yell the loudest get what they want," rings true.
Jesus does not work on the "insta" time table. The Bible says, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (Ja. 5:16). Fervency occurs when the manifestation of an answer to prayer is delayed. The seeker must then consistently and continually pray. In such cases, it isn't that God does not hear the prayer or hasn't dispatched ministering angels to fulfill his will. Remember, the manifestation is delayed, not the answer. Spending time in prayer prepares our spirit to receive the response and the maturity to handle the answer. Also, it teaches us to endure as the spiritual wars rage on for our behalf as they did with Daniel (Dan. 10).
As the world calls on "Alexa" & "Siri," we must call upon the name of our Lord; "The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is save" (Prov. 18:10). "And whatsover ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do" (John 14:13-14).