Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
If we turn back to the early 19th Century, James Chadwick discovered the neutron which was later developed to be the nuclear decay by German chemists, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann team. Many experiments conducted about nuclear until we found its function as the energy to generate useful heat and electricity. Unfortunately in the meantime, we also invented nuclear weapons which were used during World War II and were known violently bombed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Up to now, the nuclear power is still under ongoing debate among scientists.
Technology, however, has good and bad effects like two sides of a coin. Once a technology created, we must understand the risks along with its benefit. We can be certain that God never had a bad intention about human invention such as nuclear. But the result of its development is in our hands. So do the other kinds of science and technology.
Like the people of Babel, they knew how to build a city with its tower using their knowledge (see Gen. 11:3-4). But they used their architectural technology for a wrong purpose: they wanted popularity and became priggish (v. 3, 6). And God did not want this to happen (v. 7-9). This story teaches us to always remember that all the modernity we have—how high our technology is or how deep our knowledge is—we should not forget how to be responsible for it.
God may have blessed you with the coolest gadgets (phones, tablets, personal computers, digital cameras, etc) compared to your friends or neighbors, but try to ask yourself, have I used my gadgets wisely? Will God be proud of you when He sees you using them? Or will He be sad because you disobey Him and disrespect others with what you have.
“Dear Father in Heaven, I thank you for all of the facilities you’ve given me. Please teach me to use them wisely and appropriately for the sake of your glory. And help me to love you and others more with what I have. Amen.”
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