Near where we live in Harpswell, Maine, there is an antique car show on Monday evenings. The evening we went, there were about five cars from the 1950’s. I like those cars– they had style, and each model was very distinctive. I could tell the make and year of most of those cars from a distance.
Back then many new cars sold for around $1500. As much as I liked them, I wouldn’t want to go back to the cars of seventy years ago. They lacked many of the features and comforts of today’s cars. For example AC was not common in autos made in 1950. The many changes in our vehicles are another example of the changes in our world.
There is a real danger as we get older to be against any change. We shouldn’t be against change just because things would be different from what we are used to. We grow by taking on a new challenge. Last winter I bought a new amateur radio transceiver. This was very complex for me at first, and for a while I wasn’t able to figure out how to use it. After I read more from the instruction manual and called someone else for help I was able to operate it and enjoy the additional features.
How many of us like changes? You probably will answer, “It depends on what the changes are.” At 81 years old I have seen many changes. This year has brought many. If I had told you a year ago that I would walk into a bank with a face mask on, what would you have thought? I believe many more changes are coming in our lives.
I had a big change in my experience recently, having my upper teeth pulled and new dentures put in. As any of you who have had this procedure know, this is a major change, at least for some time. My walking friend, who is several years older than I, had to have his lower left leg amputated about a year ago. Talk about change! However, now he’s out walking every morning. He has adjusted very well to this big change in his life.
Now for a warning: The truth never changes. We must love the truth and never give it up. Methods may change, but principles will never change. We also can count on the fact that God and His Word will never change. In Malachi 3:6 God says “For I am the LORD, I do not change.”
In Genesis 8:22 shortly after the flood had subsided, God promised Noah saying, “While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”
Since we know the truth of the Bible we can have a Sabbath of comfort and peace. That, too, does not change.