Lost in the Future or Anchored to the Ancient BookA comic depicting the increasingly aloof attitude that the world has for the Bible has led me to a significant observation. More and more, I find that people, self included, can be easily captivated by the allure of anything new: iPhones, iPads, iWatch, Wii, the list goes on. I don't have any of these devices but I can't deny a certain fascination with the development and progress of such technology and the new content that these formats pave the way for.
While the façade of spinning everything new as supremely better remains part of our societal value system, one ancient book continues to hold up content that, despite being quite old, "is perfect, reviving the soul," as stated in Psalm 19:7. That book, of course, is The Holy Bible.
As we enjoy a sense of newness in life which God allows us to have, and as we search for the next big thing, I am reminded that what really counts is for us to meditate on God's law, day and night (Psalm 1:2). Think deeply and repeatedly about what God calls us to be and to do. Most people will scoff at this kind of talk. I know this for sure, since I was such a person for three dark decades of my life.
Nevertheless, a few faithful believers, anchored to the past that was transformed by Jesus Christ on the cross, will find excitement in God's ability to "revive the soul." No one but God can do such a thing as to revive our inner life essence--our soul. Yet for God, that is his main line of work! Luke 19:10 explains that Jesus "came to seek and to save what was lost." Being a former lost soul, and completely undeserving of any sort of revival, I am so grateful that God still called me to him. I was a lost cause, drunk on the future glory of self and fellow man, without a clue as to which way was up. Yet I was revived, converted, and found--only by the grace (undeserved favor) of God.
In the future, which is here today and full of tantalizing distractions, our population will become increasingly polarized about God. The multitudes continue to abandon him in favor of the many modern-day idols, while a select few will find an anchor for their soul in the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ, as highlighted in Hebrew 6:19, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure..."
Therefore the following core question is left as a warning, and as a challenge; Are you lost in the future or anchored to God's word? It may be an ancient book, but the Bible is the only book that has stood the test of time. In the end, it will also be the only book to remain.
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