Pre-script: Kenya’s High Court approved the ICC-bound candidates to run in the March 4 elections. We trust for fair elections and peace in the land!
Some people thrive in change. They like to stay up-to-date with the newest version of everything. Maybe you are that type.
Not me. I am NOT a fan of “new and improved.” Whether a new version of Windows, an upgraded cell phone, or a new arrangement of our furniture, I generally do not like change. Last week, a message popped up on our computer screen “Check out the Improvements in Outlook.” I decided to ‘check it out’ – and in one second, everything that I was used to had changed on that screen. The font was different. The color was different. The emails were ‘stacked’ together (so that I couldn’t find what I wanted). All the commands were in a different place. It was so confusing, but I could not ‘revert.’ Only groan.
I must have been 7 or 8 years old when my father taught on Sunday morning about a “new” version of the Bible that had just been published (probably NIV?) I was worried. That year I had memorized Psalm 23 and John 3:16. I was confused about what would happen if those verses were now different. My young mind could not comprehend how they could ever be changed. I looked up the scriptures in the “new” Bible and felt so distressed to find that the words WERE different. O, no! How could anyone dare change the Bible!?
Maybe that childhood ‘trauma’ gave me a bad taste of new things – that has stuck with me until today?
Our friend, Mike McCausland, writes:1 “Change is beginning to accelerate exponentially. Everything is changing; people, information, technology, communications, economies, even the way our brains and bodies function. The world is shrinking, challenges and opportunities are growing, and change is accelerating. Mankind is about to experience the most significant transformation since the beginning of time.”
It is true – almost everything around us is changing. In this kind of world, I find tremendous solace and stability in the Lord who does not change,2 in the Word of God which stands forever,3 in the love of God that continues to all generations4, in the Kingdom of God that cannot be shaken,5 in the covenant of our Father which is from everlasting to everlasting!6
Yes, the world is changing. But even if the twenty-third Psalm has slightly different words, the message is secured. “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever!”
1“Pioneering in the 21st Century” by Mike McCausland; 2 Malachi 3:6; 3 Isaiah 40:8; 4 Psalm 100:5; 5 Psalm 145:13; 6 Psalm 105:10