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Contemporary Comments 2007
Scripture: Mic. 6:8, John 3:14-17, 10:10, Rom. 4:21, Eph. 2:8, Phil. 4:7, 2 Pet. 3:9
No matter where you live, the world is changing. New technology, natural disasters, and increased crime make our world different today than it was yesterday. Take these recent news stories for example:
A 2005 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that our media-frenzied world isn’t always good for our children. Children ranging from ages 8-18 spend close to 45 hours per week watching TV, playing video games, instant messaging and listening to music. That’s nearly two full days! With more free time in the summer, the media temptations are even greater.1
Seven tornados moved through the province of Manitoba, Canada last weekend, destroying homes and devastating farmers. Families are dealing with both structural damage as well as the emotional trauma. Viewing one leveled farm, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said he’d never seen such damage from a tornado in that area.2
The missing pregnant Ohio woman that literally thousands were searching for has been found, dead. Her boyfriend—the unborn child’s father—was arrested and held on a $5 million bond. He’s being charged with two counts of murder: the woman and her unborn child. The baby, a girl, was expected on July 3.3
In an ever-changing world, this week’s lesson focuses on the never-changing Bible. As the memory text says, “‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever’” (I Peter 1:24, 25 NIV).
God’s word is something you can count on that will never change—because God never changes. It doesn’t matter that it was written centuries ago, because it holds truths that are relevant to every generation. The same forgiveness Jesus gave to the woman caught in adultery is given to the adulterer today. The same encouragement given Mary and Martha at their brother’s tomb is given to the family who buried a loved one today. The promise given to the disciples that Jesus will come again is the same promise given to us, today.
Unlike humans who fail us, God can always be trusted. God and the Bible stand the test of time—neither have ever failed mankind since the beginning. As I Kings 8:56 says, “‘Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses’” (NIV). That’s quite a track record!
It’s frightening to have what we know as life change. But we don’t have to live in fear. As Monday’s text says, "But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (Ps. 33:11 NIV).
This is our reassurance in the midst of change—the Lord stands firm forever. So do the purposes of the Lord’s heart. I believe that purpose is to take us home to heaven. And with the Bible as our guide, we can stand strong until that time. ~nc
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