For those of you who have missed me (or my e-mails), I want to apologize. For the last month, my blog site has been down due to “malicious spyware.” I finally resolved the issue, and it is back up.
In today’s environment of technology, we all know that our technical advances make things easier and faster, right? Well, not exactly. As we all know, the speed of booting up a computer today is probably no faster today than it was 20 years ago. Granted, the computer is probably doing 100 times more than it did back then, but it’s not faster in general. Today we rely on technology way too often and when it’s down, so are we.
As we advance so quickly in the technical realms, it amazes me that still . . . without a doubt, and despite ever changing cultures, and needs, the Bible remains the one true book that many people can and do rely on worldwide. It’s a book full of answers, mysteries, questions, and most of all unchanging, yet ever revealing promises and revelations.
Let me explain…. I’m not sure if you’ve ever experienced this same phenomenon, but I want to tell a true story starting in 1994. During that time of my life, I had rededicated my life to Christ (I was still a young Christian at that time, being saved maybe only 2 years prior). I was on deployment to Egypt with the US Army, and because we were told we couldn’t take much with us, and being aware that electricity wouldn’t be available in the desert, each soldier had to make a hard decision on what he would take to occupy our free time.
I decided to take a Bible. I had just started reading it from the beginning, just weeks prior. This was the same Bible I received from my Pastor on the day of my Salvation. During the course of 3 months in Egypt, I read the Bible every day. However, as a young Christian, “I didn’t get it.” I didn’t reach out to anyone, including my chaplain for help. Instead, I simply pushed through the Bible, writing in red pencil “What?” and “Why?” (this was NOT a study or devotional Bible with footnotes or anything– it was merely the Word of God). I made it to the end, but not without a LOT of red questions from cover to cover!
Now, years later, as I look through that Bible, many of my questions are answered. I know the answer to them today – Not because I’m smarter or more mature in Christ, but because I believe God has revealed the answers to my questions. Don’t get me wrong, there are still many questions I have (like “why are there four horseman described in Revelation, and will they be on real horses or is it just symbolism?”) Many other questions still remain.
Despite my lack of understanding in some areas, the Bible is still a rock we can build our house (life) on. We may not understand it (just like we don’t understand everything about technical items), but we can trust in the Bible. I remind everyone not to rely on technology, which WILL go down (and out), but instead, trust only on God! The more we trust Him and rely on Him, the more answers He’ll reveal to us.
“My Salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times.” – Psalm 62:7-8a