Find solid ground in our unchanging God | Worship

By The Rev. Mark Smith, Mukilteo Presbyterian Church | Jul 16, 2014

Do you ever stop and wonder, “What’s happened to my world?” For many of us, the world in which we grew up is no more. We feel like foreigners in a strange land.

Change has always been part of life, of course. But these days the world around us is changing at an exponential rate.

Consider this: It’s estimated that 80 percent of all the items in your supermarket didn’t exist 10 years ago. It is estimated that 50 percent of graduates are going into jobs that did not exist when they were born.

More information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the past 5,000 years.

Much of that change has been driven, of course, by technology. Inventions such as the computer, the Internet, communications satellites, and genetic diagnostic tools have dramatically improved our lives in many ways.

I continue to marvel at the utility of a smartphone. For me, who still remembers corded rotary dial telephones, my smartphone still seems like it came off the set of Star Trek. I can hardly imagine life now without it.

Today, scientific and technological changes are taking place at such a breathtaking pace that many have difficulty keeping up with them. Add to all this technological change our increasing pluralism and globalization, impacting us all in ways we never would have imagined.

Change is difficult, even if it is positive and life-enhancing. Add further to the mix all the stressful changes going on in one’s personal life – illness, job loss, unemployment, home foreclosure, broken relationships, divorce – and it can seem so overwhelming.

Most of us can deal with a certain amount of change. The problem is that we are increasingly being overloaded with more change than we can handle, leaving us deeply unsettled and anxious.

Back in 1970, Alvin Toffler wrote a book entitled “Future Shock,” wherein he described the effects of “too much change in too short a period of time.”

At the time, he predicted that people exposed to these rapid changes of modern life would suffer from “shattering stress and disorientation.” They would be, in his words, “future-shocked.”

He believed that the need to constantly adapt to changing situations could lead to feelings of helplessness, despair, depression, uncertainty, insecurity, anxiety and burnout.

Forty-four years later, what Toffler wrote describes our world more than ever. “Future-shock” is here!

Toffler wrote that the only way to come to terms with all this change is to find what he called “islands of stability.” We need to seek that which is stable in life – that which is solid ground for us when everything is shifting and seems so uncertain and chaotic.

We need to look for the constants in life when everything is giving way around us. We may look to family or to long-term friends, or to wisdom from the past that continues to serve us well.

People of faith have an island of stability like no other – the one constant we can count on in a change-crazy world – our unchanging God, whom the Bible says is our sure anchor and our only hope.

The world is in a state of constant flux and decay, but God remains the same. God summarizes this great truth in the ancient book of Malachi where he says simply: “I, the Lord, do not change.”

This is one of the great truths about God. When everything in life seems like shifting sand – when it seems as though everything is crumbling beneath our feet and there is nowhere to turn and nothing to hold on to, we can count on God to be our solid rock, because God’s character and God’s loving purposes for us and for this world do not change.

What a comfort!

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