2014-02-25 - Trending
Most every time I turn on our computer, and check news updates, Im informed about what is trending, whether Im interested or not. These topics change from year to year, sometimes from day to day. Nowadays, some of the trendiest topics include Vampires, the Winter Olympics and disengaging from social media. Just like everything else in the world, social media can be used for either good or ill purposes. Media such as Facebook© and Twitter© have reunited family members who hadnt been in touch in years, helped friends become closer, and made it possible for family members to be share in each others day-to-day lives - regardless of distance. But lately its become cool to say that one is no longer going to participate. Thats fine, but it doesnt make the person any more or less virtuous than anyone else; it simply makes them trendy. Sometimes books are trendy, especially when someone very famous endorses it; there is one celebrity who can garner millions of purchases for authors, simply by saying that a book is good.
At the time I wrote this devotional, some of the trending stories related to a snake-handling preacher who was killed by a snake, rideshare companies, and the multi-talented Jennifer Aniston.
But there is one person and one book that are not trendy; rather, they are eternal and never-changing. As Gods word reminds us:
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (NASB)
He will never change. No matter how fickle other people may become, Jesus Christ will always be loving, will always be just, and will always be the devoted Shepherd of His flock.
And Gods word, the Bible, is just as relevant today, in 2014, as it has ever been. It is still enlightening, still instructive, and still life-changing - if we will allow it to do those things for us.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.