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The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Psalm 119:160
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:11
Mankind's body of knowledge and understanding has evolved significantly since the last book of the Bible was written near the end of the first century. Since then, we have made great strides in science. Mapped the surface of the earth. Explored the oceans and the heavens, and vastly broadened our comprehension of the material universe. The greatest of our discoveries have taken place within the last one hundred years, as technology has granted humanity access to levels of insight previously unknown. This knowledge is not static however. In our day it's changing at exponential rates. For practical purposes, this means that everything we know, or maybe better said, what we think we know, is changing every day that we live.
If we were to think of all of the knowledge that we currently have as a set of encyclopedias, this massive set of books would need to be reprinted daily in order to keep them updated with current information. (Incidentally, that's why encyclopedias are no longer being printed). Our understanding of things is evolving so fast that printed media is no longer a feasible way to record it. In fact, one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century is going to be the ability to document, manage, verify and apply the mesmerizing onslaught of information that is literally being edited by the minute. It can be overwhelming just thinking about it.
Thankfully, some information never needs to be edited or updated! God's word is as true and relevant today as it was when each of its sixty-six books were inspired and written. We have are in our possession an encyclopedia of works that have come to us from the very God, infallible and as infinitely trustworthy as the God who inspired them. And, as if this collection of books weren't enough of a gift from our gracious God, he himself, the living Word, took on a human nature to further reveal it's divine truth! (John 1:1)
As Christians this places us in an enviable position. While the world struggles and flounders to make sense of the 'information age', the data contained our reference manual remains constant and reliable. Our faith in God's eternal truths, the application of its divine principles, and our obedience to its commands places our feet on a secure foundation. From his word we get a heavenly perspective on the earthly matters that are shaking the nations, governments, and the economies of this world . We have the benefit of seeing the past, the present and the future through the eyes of the Almighty. (Isaiah 46:10) What a marvelous gift God has given us in his word!
Whatever might be troubling you today, view it through the lens of God's word. If you're struggling with a tough decision, make it based on biblical wisdom. Trying to make sense of current circumstances or events? Be enlightened by God himself. His word truly is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105)
How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?