The other day, I (Dawn) dropped my earring back on the bedroom floor. Down on my hands and knees, I raked the carpet with my fingers, looking for the tiny piece.
It reminded me of when children used to lose those little Lite-Brite pegs in shag carpet. Remember?
By the way, remember when “shag” was both a carpet and a haircut?
There are other things I remember from days back when… or actually, days that span four decades!
Do you remember these?
- Blue-frosted eye shadow
- “Where’s the Beef?”
- Princess Phones
- Macrame’ plant hangers
- The smell of mimeograph paper
- Gunne Sax dresses
- Green stamps
- Super Elastic Bubble Plastic
- “Rubber Duckie, you’re the one…”
- Nehru jackets
- Auto Bingo – “Are we there yet?”
- “It’s Shake ‘N Bake and I helped.”
- The Brady Bunch
- “Beam me up, Scotty.”
- 8-track Tapes
- The Fonz
I could go on and on down memory lane. So much fun.
My point is, many things change in our culture. I don’t know when you or your loved ones grew up, but no doubt everyone has some memories that link to a particular decade.
Life philosophies change in the culture, too. Think about secularism, existentialism, paganism, relativism, and other “isms” that fly in the face of biblical Christianity.
I find comfort in the fact that, though everything changes around us, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). And I’m glad that God’s Word is timeless. Though the grass withers and the flowers face, the scriptures are alive and vital forever (Isaiah 40:8). God’s Word is firm and established, a reliable authority for us and our children (1 Peter 1:23-25; Psalm 119:89, 160).
God’s Word is also timely ~ as relevant to me as to Moses, Joseph, Esther, and Paul. Though it doesn’t address nuclear war, electronic media, cloning, and other cultural issues, the Word of God does provide principles to teach and encourage us (Romans 15:4). And further, the scriptures promise God’s guidance when we turn to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). He wants us to walk in light, not darkness (John 8:12; 17:14-17).
The Bible does not depend on time, nor is it altered by time. God’s Word is “settled” (firmly fixed) in heaven (Psalm 119:89). It is truth we can rely on, because it is God’s voice to us (1 Thessalonians 2:13). His promises are true.
And we don’t have to worry about God’s Word passing out of existence or becoming irrelevant in the days to come, no matter the changes in our increasingly vulgar culture. God’s Word will endure forever (1 Peter 1:25) and accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 55:10-11). It is inspired by God and sufficient to teach, reprove, correct, and train us (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
You can have confidence that no matter what is ahead ~ no matter what you may face ~ you can count on God’s Word to counsel, guide, and strengthen you!