2020-07-21 - The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same
I am sure that I do not have to tell anyone reading this, that 2020 has given us a lot of changes! We now do church differently, we do school differently, we shop differently, and we date differently. I know of people who are 'virtually' dating - eating together and watching something together online. Richard and I have turned our previously mentioned battery-charging drives into dates. We enjoy the company, the scenery of varying counties, we play our favorite CDs (showing our age now haha), and sometimes stop for curbside food. Our culture may have experienced more total changes this year than in any year in history; we are doing life differently, period!
But some things remain the same. For example, deer, Hummingbirds and other wildlife go about their normal lives, as does the weather. I have been reading various books this year. The books were written, respectively, during a myriad of eras. The publication years have included the mid-1700s, the late 1800s, 1913, the 1930s and 1947. The locales vary from highland mountain areas to big cities to small towns, to coastal areas. Yet in every single book, there are complaints about the serious heat. Words used to describe it include searing, scorching, oppressive, devastating and stifling, and people talk about how long the heat just won't go away, how it takes away their energy and sometimes makes them ill. And as for this year, just as usually happens during the Summer, we will probably break into three-digit temperatures. On a weather forecast on the day that I wrote this devotional, the meteorologist said the heat record for that date was set in 1889. When Richard and I were in college, all students were required to take an Ecology class, in which the scientists taught us that there would always be hotter periods (like now) and cooler ones (like May and June), and they let us know that this had always had been true since the pre-historic era - and always would be true. Years later, after witnessing weather for several decades, we can testify to the truth of that, ourselves!! The more things change, the more they stay the same.
One other, even more important thing that we can count on is that God's word will ALWAYS remain the same, and will always be relevant.
Isaiah 40:8 (The Living Bible) The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
Some think that the Bible was only applicable to the times in which the various books were written. but the longer one is a Christian, the more often one sees that it speaks to our very own day, just as surely as it did in the days David was writing the Psalms, the times that Christ was teaching with parables, and the times that Paul was writing various churches that he shepherded If we pray before and during our Bible reading and listening, God will help us to apply His word to our times and to our very lives.
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.