January 28 (Ephesians 4:14)
…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro
by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by
craftiness in deceitful schemes. (ESV)
“It’s new, so you should buy it!” “It’s backed by the latest research, so you should believe it!” “People smarter than you have come up with it, so you should accept it!” Pretty much since the first person improved on the wheel by putting two of them on an axle and attaching them to a vehicle, people have sold and gone after the latest thing. In the case of the smartphone, this has been a good thing. Look at other items in your neighborhood garage sales and…not so much.
It’s one thing to spend money on the latest and greatest, but when we fall in with trendy thinking, we run the risk of serious damage to the way we live. As Christians, people who have accepted the gift of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ and are living transformed and transforming lives, we are blessed to have a rock of stability in the howling winds of our age, winds that blow all the more fiercely in this time of instant communication. That rock is Jesus Himself. He never changes, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we have God’s words to us in the Bible.
It is natural to go after what is new, and after you have read the Bible, you may seek something else. God does indeed inspire other Christian authors and speakers, and we can draw much from them, but we must always be anchored in the words of Scripture. They are unchanging and keep us grounded in what can be a confusing age of ideas that sound good, but are false.
Dear God, sometimes I think life is just about You and
me. I forget that the faith I hold has
been rooted in Your unchanging word for more than two thousand years. Keep my mind from being distracted by ideas
that seem good simply because they are new.
Open my heart to the eternal truths of Scripture so that I may remain
unshaken in my service to You. In the
name of Jesus Christ, Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins