Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? About face! I can revise your life. Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear; I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me. [Proverbs 1:22-25 (MSG)]
When was the last time you used a pay phone? Phone booths are so scarce now that Superman needs to find another changing room! I can’t remember when last I dialed a phone, let alone filled a fountain pen, used carbon paper or even a typewriter. Mimeograph machines, 45s, record players, rabbit-ear antennas, and cassette tapes are all long forgotten; even 35 mm film has been replaced by digital technology and dictionaries by spell check. If you don’t understand my references, you probably don’t have a landline phone or use an alarm clock, address book, pocket calendar or travel agent. You stream your music rather than play CDs, use a GPS rather than maps, and get your news on the Internet! It’s amazing how many things have become antiquated in just our lifetimes. There is, however, one thing that hasn’t become obsolete in several thousand years: the Bible!
The Bible isn’t some old book with no relevance to our modern lives; it is filled with stories that are as relevant to us today as they were centuries ago. Granted we have hybrid cars and iPads rather than donkeys and stone tablets, but mankind’s nature and desires haven’t changed in all these years. Instead of Bathsheba, it could be the pretty blond down the street; instead of an apple, it might be that Gucci purse you can neither resist nor afford. Like Samson, we’re often tempted to brag and make poor choices in sweethearts; like Martha and Mary, we have to set priorities; and, like Jonah, we often are given tasks we don’t want. Our friends, like Job, can encounter tragedy and, like David, we’ll confront adversity. Responsibilities that seem overwhelming and endless will be thrust upon us as they were on Moses and, like Elijah, we’ll even get depressed and lonely.
The Bible is far more than a rule book; it’s life’s instruction manual. It’s a guide to finding God and to knowing His will. Moreover, it gives us the benefit of thousands of years of other people’s experience. Of course, all that knowledge means nothing if we don’t apply its lessons to our daily lives.
Time can take nothing from the Bible. It is the living monitor. Like the sun, it is the same in its light and influence to man this day which it was years ago. It can meet every present inquiry and console every present loss. [Richard Cecil]