Do you remember the television show, “The Waltons?” It first came out when I was in Jr. High School because I remember our band playing the theme song at one of our concerts. Back then, I identified with the children and saw everything through their eyes. Later on, after Steve and I got married and had the girls, it came on as “reruns” and I enjoyed it all over again – that time considering how the parents felt when they watched with pride at their children’s successes and pain at their heartbreaks. Well, last week, we found it on Amazon Prime, and we spent several hours loving it all over again – and yep, you guessed it, Steve and I now see things totally different – we’re the Grandma and Grandpa now! My, how things have changed! I didn’t even have contact lenses when I first watched that show – now, let’s just say, “Hello, bifocals!”
Isn’t it funny how as you get older, your perception changes? Things that used to not bother you – now do. Example: loud music where you can’t understand the words, newscasters arguing, and certain foods. At one time, I didn’t think I could live without pepperoni pizza, but now – I’m pretty sure I could. Even though we may change – God’s Word hasn’t. In John 1:1-2, we read that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Verse 14 goes on to tell us that, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus is that Word. The Hebrew writer said, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus is the Word and that Word has not changed – it’s still the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. We may see things in a different light as our faith deepens and grows, but God’s Word has not changed, and we don’t have the authority to say, “I know that that is what the Bible says, but I think God means. . .” I love the statement that the Word of God doesn’t have to be “politically correct.” It’s just correct! and that’s all there is to it.
May we respect God’s Word and “study to show ourselves approved unto God” (II Timothy 2:15). God Bless, and goodnight, John-Boy. Courtney