We live in amazing times. Things that are commonplace to us would have seemed fantastic and unbelievable to people who lived one hundred years ago. We can get on a jet to fly across the country and over oceans so we can travel distances that would have taken days, weeks, or months back in 1918. We have rockets that can blast people into outer space and bring them back safely. Our automobiles have more computer and electronic components all the time. Many of them even talk to us these days! The way that computers and electronics are integrated into our lives is phenomenal with our cell phones, smart TVs, home and office computers, the Internet, online banking, and so many other things. Electronics and computers have enabled astounding advances in fields like medicine and engineering. What do you think someone from 1918 would think about life in 2018? I think it would blow their minds!
All of the innovations and advances come with a price, though. Instant and continual access to everything that is happening in the world is not always good. The ability to go to so many places and do so many things is not always good. It is not unusual for people to become overloaded and stressed out by the sheer volume of information and activities that are available to us these days. Have you ever felt that happening to you? Back in the early days of computers the proponents of computer technology said that it was going to make all of our lives easier and simpler. I’m not so sure that has been the case.
One thing seems certain for our future: Innovations, technological advances, and changes to the way we live on a daily basis are going to continue and perhaps even accelerate. This is definitely not all bad but it presents a challenge for us to face. Most people do not like change because it creates uncertainty and shakes up our comfort zones. Here is another reason why it is good to be faithful followers of Christ. Jesus gives us the solid, unshakeable foundation of stability and security that we need for life. Consider this message from God in Hebrews 13:7-8, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The world around us in 2018 has changed tremendously since the time of Jesus. Our lifestyle is drastically different from the people of the first century when Jesus walked on this earth. Nevertheless, no matter how much change has taken place or how much change ever will take place, Jesus, His truth, and His promises remain the same.
The next time you feel frazzled, overloaded, and stressed out, take a few minutes to remember that God is always in control and He has promised to take care of you.