In the early 19th century, railroads ran at what were considered dangerous speeds. After all, God never intended people to travel at 10 miles per hour!
Over the years life has accelerated to keep pace with transportation. In 1947 Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. Today military fighter planes fly at three times the speed of sound.
The year 1996 marked the 50th anniversary of the ENIAC computer. It was the size of a grade school gym and used enough electricity to light a major U.S. city. Now computers are sub-notebook in size. The computer you bought yesterday may become obsolete before the warranty expires.
Some industry experts calculate that computer performance and power will double every 18 months. If so, the one I am using now will soon be as antiquated as a quill pen.
Life is whizzing by at 100 megahertz (and then some) every minute of every day. Just yesterday we saw our kids watching “Sesame Street.” Now we are wondering, “How can we pay for college?” Where did the time go?
If you feel things are speeding faster than you can control, you are right. Even when we are sitting still, the earth is zipping along on its solar orbit going 66,000 miles per hour.
Technology is not the only thing that is speeding ahead at a reckless pace. In terms of personal and spiritual ethics, things that used to be clearly right and clearly wrong are now relative and open to individual interpretation. Right is wrong and wrong right in many cases.
Is there something or someone in the entire world that is stable, solid and worthy of my trust that won’t be obsolete in the near future? Yes! Scripture reminds us that the grace of God is eternal, secure and unchanging. It is never out of fashion. It never spoils or fades. It doesn’t come with an expiration date.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Those who know Jesus as their personal Savior from sin can count on His grace never changing. He is as powerful for their needs as He has been throughout generations.
A. Kenneth Wilson, The War Cry