Something New or Something Old?

Is human nature struggling to find something new and consequently better in these days of uneasiness where the world seems to be in constant turmoil?  Or could it be that we have simply forgotten that what God created, in the beginning, was the goodness we are longing for?  Have we merely gotten off track and if so, how did we do that?  Are our egos telling us that we have progressed to the point that whatever we do today it has to be better than yesterday?  We are living in a time when there are many questions to ask, but the one that is the most important has to deal with our relationship with our Creator and our understanding of what He desires for His creation.

Do you remember what was said to mankind with a simple explanation?  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-2).  It couldn’t be more plainly said or allow for any other explanation.  You have heard these words many times before, but have they really sunk in?  If you truly believed them would you live life the way you do or would you continually be striving to be the person you were created to be?  I think we have all become so busy that we don’t have time to contemplate what we were actually created for.  Is it too late to change the picture we have given to each other and to our Lord?

You know, it’s a strange thought to include in a devotional, but if you think about it, you will realize that all of us have a treasure or treasures from our past that we would not trade for anything.  Do you ever wonder why that is?  Is it simply a connection to the past that gives us a plan and hope for our future especially when the future doesn’t seem to hold the joy that we remember from the past?  Times do have a way of changing and in this day we don’t feel the promise of tomorrow that our ancestors seemed with good reason to have.  Have we lost our focus in the hustle and bustle of today?

In the day of Moses, the Jewish people were subject to the Egyptians and not allowed to do whatever their hearts desired; they wanted deliverance from the cruelty under which they were living.  At the proper time, God executed a blood sacrifice of the firstborn, saving those of His people by the sign of blood on the doorpost.  God told Moses – So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations, You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance (Exodus 12:14).

God’s laws are eternal; they do not change from one administration to another as do ours.  The problem with our society today is we consider them old laws which need to be eliminated or at least rewritten.  Maybe we should reconsider how we deal with old things as we are introduced to new things.  The Word of God does not change and the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them (Exodus 24:12).  Whether we agree or not those original laws were not simply meant for yesterday; they encompassed all of our human experience on this planet on which we exist.  On some tomorrow we will again encounter our Creator and He will inquire of us regarding how we have lived out His will and law on this earth.  Maybe we should be more careful and check out the old before we automatically replace it with the new.  New is not always better and God’s will was always meant to stand, never to be replaced.

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come;
Our shelter from the stormy blast

And our eternal home.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA