Today at lunch, we got to talking about typewriters. You know – those things that we used to use to write term papers. We went through lots of “white out ribbon” and oh, what fun it was to use that lovely carbon paper! NOT! I told them that I took typing – not keyboarding in high school. I also took SHORTHAND. Well, needless to say – that one raised quite a discussion. Why would I take shorthand? Does anyone still use it today? Why would anyone use shorthand? Well, I guess shorthand is like the Egyptian hieroglyphics of the last century! It has gone the way of Latin, and it’s not used much anymore. We use different ways to communicate today. We use cell phones, text, email, and literally have the world at our fingertips. Yet, people still have the same joys, issues, and challenges. We’re still people.
But what about God? Has His message changed? Do we communicate differently with each other today? We know that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The Lord is, was, has always been, and will always be the same. “For I, the Lord do not change. . .” (Malachi 3:6) Jesus reminded us in Revelation 22:13, “I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” God has always been, and therefore, so has His Word. Isaiah said, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) He communicates His Will to us through His Word. We communicate our thoughts, needs, and petitions through prayer. Are you guilty of holding a “one-way conversation?” Do you do “all the talking?” or do you open God’s Word to search for what He says? We know that “all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction unto righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:16-17) Shorthand might not be a relevant method of communication anymore, but the Bible will never become outdated because GOD IS. God Bless, Courtney